Back in 2012, Chateau Latour announced that its 2011 vintage would be its last En Primeur offering.
In a letter to negociants, they explained that both Les Forts de Latour and their grand vin would only be released when the team felt they were ready – seven years later for Forts Latour, and 10-12 years for Latour.
The reasons stated were two-fold – firstly, buyers’ appetites for En Primeur wines were diminishing and, second, by controlling the storage themselves they could fully guarantee the provenance and quality of the wine right up until it was ready for consumption.
Seven years on, Latour 2011 has finally been released ex-Chateau – 2000 cases, all bottled and ready to go.
Latour: value for money?
Five years ago, Robert Parker reviewed the Latour 2011 in bottle and called it “one of the vintage’s most compelling wines”.
Awarding it a score of 93-95, he added: “this beautifully rich, savory Latour will be surprisingly drinkable in 4-5 years, and should age easily for two decades or more”.
James Suckling also recommended drinking it “in 2020” when he tasted the wine in 2014, awarding it 95 points.
Prices for Latour show 83% correlation to Wine Advocate critic scores, and although this month’s release price has positioned it slightly above the ‘fair value’ line, collectors will no doubt be lured in by its spectacular provenance.
On its release last week it was up 13.7% on its En Primeur price, despite having fallen in value in 2012. This price positions the wine above all other ‘off-vintages’ of Latour available on the secondary market, including 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Buyers keen to get their hands on some Latour might also consider the more favourably-scored 2002, 2004 and 2008 – all available at a discount. Alternatively, those willing to spend a little more could bag the “perfect” 2003.