Red

2005 Château Latour-Martillac

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
Drink between 2014 - 2023 (Edit)
CT89.3 95 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 76

  • Eudemis Likes this wine:

    November 28, 2022 - 13% alcohol. CS 65%, M 32%, PV 3%. Very good cork with no wine penetration. Decanted a short hour ahead. The colour is dark and impenetrable with very limited thinning at the edge of the rim.
    The nose is very appealing with fresh fruit (mostly blackcurrant) mingling with inky flavours, all in a sightly subdued mode. In the mouth, the feel is of an even less evolved wine with lots of energy, good fruit and good grip; the tannins are beginning to resolve, and the overall feel is smooth and classy.
    This is already very enjoyable, but my feeling is that the best is yet to come.
    Compared with the SHL 02 that I had yesterday, the contrast could not be higher. The LM shows much fewer traces of oak and much less evolution (taking into account the 3 year age gap). In a line up, the contrast would be nearly unbearable, and one or the other would come across as the clear winner, but in fact I like them both and isn't it great that we can enjoy the variety of styles still available from Bordeaux?
    High potential here.
    PS: finishing the bottle the next day, the oak comes across more prominently without actually compromising the overall balance. Not the first time that I find the perception of oak to depend on the circumstances.

  • TS Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 23, 2022 - Nice, but I would have expected more of a 2005. Still course tannins I do not believe will soften much in the future (90).
    SEcond day after using vacuum pump and 2 hour decanting; slightly better, which is promising for extended cellaring.

  • eljocco Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 17, 2022 - Riktigt bra nu och kul att se utvecklingen från den primör som detta inhandlades som för 16 år sedan. Denna flaska inmundigades vid vår 11e bröllopsdag till en zabuton med smör på vitlök och soltorkade tomater.

    Vinet kommer att hålla ytterligare några år men balansen finns där på ett mycket bra sätt nu och dricker resterande flaskor inom 2 år.

  • kfrench150 Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 10, 2022 - Pristine cork. Lots of chunky sediment in the bottle but no smoke. Pure black cherry heart with a ruby rim. Initially the nose is quite subdued and requires coaxing to reveal black currant, blue plum, blackberries, slate, graphite, lots of char and even some iodine. Very nicely mature, layered and dark on the nose. Tart and crunchy black and purple berries, chalky tannins, graphite, oak, iron and even a touch of licorice on the palate. Piercingly dry to start. Medium-full bodied. Well balanced from front to back overall. Fills out over time. Becomes fleshier and feels less dry. Finishes with those same tangy black fruits and with mouth watering acidity. Classic old school Bordeaux! Built to last and to pair with red meat. Not a sipper, thats for certain! Was perfect with BBQ rack of lamb! Started out as a bit austere 90 but ended up very pleasant 92.

  • Eudemis Likes this wine:

    November 22, 2021 - 13% alcohol. The cork breaks up at the extraction stage, but this is probably due to the short screw (my mistake for choosing this particular tool). Fairly dark hue all the way to the rim.
    The nose is superb with dark fruit, some leather and a very subtle raisiny component. Equally good in the mouth with a perfect balance between grip, fruit, liveliness and poise. No direct oak in evidence, and the tannins are there only as a pleasant memory.
    So much better than the Brane-Cantenac 2002 that I had yesterday !
    Fine to drink now but with potential to improve over the next five years, and then last another ten.
    Over the years, I have tended to see this property as playing second fiddle to Malartic-L, but frankly this wine is worthy of top billing.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
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  • By Julia Harding, MW
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    October 2007 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008 (link) 81 points

    (Château Latour-Martillac) Dark red violet color; oaky tobacco nose; pinched, tart red fruit with short cliff finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Latour-Martillac
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Graves
  • Appellation Pessac-Léognan
  • UPC Codes 3258690046984, 3258691274188, 3258691274201, 3412950588922, 3453521141702, 3453521148152, 3468178671052, 3508691111403, 3508691115401, 3612170010665, 3700188021466

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  • Pending Delivery 3 (0%)
  • In Cellars 778 (66%)
  • Consumed 398 (34%)

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Beef chilli went well with this, Roast Red Meat, Roasted Cornish game hen, Til entrecote fra Trondheim slaktehus med peppersaus

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