Winter and spring were cool, wet and humid, withdouble the average rainfall in January (151mm vs 86mm on average). The first buds appeared in April with a 15 day delay and the flowering, in June, took place even in the rain… Fortunately July was dry and hot (July was the warmest on record in the last 14 years).
Our teams worked throughout the summer in the vineyards removing leaves and rigorous green harvest in August and September. Despite the law yields, we sacrificed green clusters to allow the plants to focus their energy on the remaining clusters in order to homogenize the harvest as much as possible. Late leaf removal later facilitated additional ventilation clusters thereby reducing the risk of rots. The harvest took place 2 weeks later than average.
Period of harvest
From October 1st to 16th, 2013
60% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Petit Verdot
The Wine Advocate by Robert Parker – 90-92 pts (2014/09)
« The impressively concentrated 2013 Latour-Martillac possesses an opaque ruby/purple color as well as dark notes of graphite and black currants. This medium-bodied, dense 2013 has tart acids that give it freshness and precision, sweet tannin and surprisingly ripe and delicious fruit. A successful effort for Pessac-Leognan, it will be drinkable young yet is capable of lasting 10-15 years.»
Wine Enthusiast – 91 pts (2014/05)
«Barrel Sample. This is a fruit driven wine, ripe and already delicious. Some firm tannins give backbone, while the acidity gives an intensely fresh aftertaste. »
Between 16°C/ 61°F and 18°C/64°F