2012 Pauillac de Latour, Pauillac

SKU #1293586 90 points James Suckling

 Lots of tobacco, berry and chocolate character with hints of mushrooms follows through to a medium body, firm and silky tannins and a juicy finish. Drink now.  (3/2018)


 Lovely cassis fruit, fresh, fruity, lifted and polished. 16/20 points. (SS)

John Gilman

 The 2012 Pauillac de Latour is a lovely and reserved example of the vintage that will need at least five to seven years to really start to drink well. As most of the estate’s merlot was consigned to this label (nearly fifty-five percent of the blend here this year is from that varietal), this wine lacks a bit of the mid-palate concentration it usually displays. The nose is a fine and quite primary mix of cassis, tobacco leaf, gravelly soil tones and cigar smoke. On the palate the wine is medium-full, focused and nicely balanced, with good, but not superb depth at the core, low acids, moderate tannins and perfectly respectable length and grip on the youthful finish. This is not a great vintage for the merlot at Latour, but the Pauillac should age well and be a perfectly serviceable example of the vintage down the road. (Drink between 2018-2030)  (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Fresh and dancing. Some great vivacity. Spice and complete and fresh. Dry end. Edge of a sweet spice reminiscent of gingerbread men. Lovely and polished. Juicy. 17/20 points. (JR)  (4/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Le Pauillac de Château Latour has a pleasant strictness on the well-defined bouquet with black fruit laced with fine mineralité for a third wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy core of fruit, an almost pastille-like purity, smooth in the mouth with a caressing, quite rounded finish. It might have just put on a little weight since I last tasted it. Drink this now and over the next 7-10 years. Tasted March 2017. (NM)  (5/2017)

Wine Spectator

 On the taut side, with sinewy-edged tannins carrying cedar, red currant, dried plum and Campari notes, while an iron accent underscores the finish. My loosen a little with cellaring, but this is slightly more brisk than its peers. Best from 2016 through 2020. (JM, Web Only-2015)

K&L Notes

Praise from Robert Parker: "The generic 2012 Pauillac de Latour (54.5% Merlot and the balance mostly the two Cabernet grapes) has consistently been one of the best-buy wines from the Latour stable for a number of years, and the 2012 comes across well. Deep ruby/purple with notes of minerality woven with blackcurrant fruit, it is medium-bodied, pure, elegant and best drunk over the next 10-12 years." (04/2015)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
Tasting this today, I was floored by the breed and stateliness of this young claret. This third wine of Latour has the classic flavors of the first wine with lead pencil and cassis in perfect, classy balance. What it doesn't have recommends it even more- this is not a tannin bound wine like Latour proper would be at this age, but rather and open knit, delicious drinker. If you ever wondered what a first growth is all about, but didn't want to part with a grand, treat yourself to this!
Drink from 2017 to 2032

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2017 | Send Email
The 2012 Pauillac de Latour exhibits the sweet, forward fruit that is the hallmark character of the extremely underrated vintage. Nice and round with no hard tannins so it can enjoyed young with an hour decanting. Very tasty for young Latour! Ralph Sands

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2017 | Send Email
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Yes a perfect wine for the price. 50%CS,45%M.5%PV and 100% delicious. We tasted this wine at Chateau Latour in April and were blown away by it. So spicy on the nose with red currant aromas and flavor. How could this be better than their outstanding 2009 and 2010?? Sexy and sweet and lush on the palate. No hard edges-pure fruit with a bit of tannin on the back end. A must buy!
Drink from 2017 to 2032

By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2017 | Send Email
We were fortunate enough to visit Château Latour during our 2016 En Primeur trip and I was pinching myself from the second we stepped onto the property. I never expected to see the actual fort of Les Forts fame (the second wine of Latour) in person, let alone step foot in the tasting room of this legendary estate. Latour is one of this world's greatest wines—many people consider to be the best. As we walked inside to our appointment, at the end of the table—following the 2016 line up—was the 2012 Pauillac de Latour, the estate's third wine after Les Forts. Upon tasting, I was immediately transported back to when the first 2012s were reaching US shores and arriving at K&L. This wine reminded me of how much I loved that vintage. A wonderful expression of harvest and the château, it displays lovely purity of fruit and that characteristic 2012 bright fresh acidity. A combination of complex savory, mineral tones and exotic spice dominated the seamless offering. The wine has wonderful poise and polish, with the Latour thumbprint throughout. What a treat!

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
An “appellation” wine from First Growth Chateau Latour in Pauillac. Each year, after the initial selection is made for the Grand Vin, and for the second label, Forts de Latour, some of the remaining lots are used to produce this 3rd label. Also included are grapes from some of the younger vines on the estate, as well as from outlying vineyards. The “Pauillac” bottling will usually include a higher proportion of Merlot and is intended for earlier consumption, requiring less aging than Latour’s more prestigious labels. We tasted the 2012 Pauillac de Latour at the chateau in early April. It was good enough to compare very favorably with a barrel sample of the excellent 2016. Very much in the Latour style – structured, bold, black-fruited. Very generous with loads of sweet fruit and good concentration. Tannins are quite fine. Drinkable now or over the next decade. Given the pricing for First Growths these days, this wine represents one of the great bargains in Bordeaux.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
The third wine of Chateau Latour is a classy, classic and affordable Pauillac to drink now or hide away for a few years. Blackberry and black currant fruit along with spice, menthol, cedar shavings and a touch of leather are present in the clean, crisp middle. This is quite approachable and already complex.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.