The 2016 Latour-à-Pomerol feels a little smudged on the nose compared to its peers, touches of mocha infusing ripe red fruit that doesn’t quite display the energy of the 2015. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a fine thread of acidity. However, I would not rank this among the best Latour-à-Pomerols in recent years; it needs more vigor and backbone on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2037
Robert Parker 90
The 2016 Latour a Pomerol is a blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc this year. I found the nose a little disjointed compared to others, maybe just a touch of leanness here, although it does meld together with aeration and develops attractive mineral/limestone scents that complement the bright red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with gritty tannin on the entry, plenty of tobacco and cedar notes lending it a Left Bank-like personality, a touch rigid towards the finish. Not a bad Latour-à-Pomerol, but to be honest I have tasted better in recent vintages, including the 2014 and 2015.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2038