The 2015 Vintage
A cold winter finishing with an even colder month of March, explains a late bud break.This late start was quickly offset by very mild temperatures from the 10th of April. The early and clustered flowering began at the end of May, the weather conditions in June allowed an even and rapid flowering. The months of June and July were particularly hot and dry. A water shortage led to the creation of small berries and a stop to early growth of the vine. The rainy period at the beginning of August was beneficial in producing a speedy ripening. The harvesting started early and spread out. The dry conditions of September and October allowed us to harvest the Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernets Sauvignon grapes at the optimum time.
Period of harvest
September 15th to October 8th 2015
54% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Petit Verdot
The Wine Advocate, Neil Martin – 92-94 pts (2016/04)
« The 2015 La Tour Martillac is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot matured in 40% new French oak. It has a slightly more high-toned and outgoing bouquet, with dark cherries and blackcurrant aromas, a smidgen of cassis emerging with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a pleasant saltiness here, very focused with a finish of real pedigree. This is a superb Pessac-Léognan from the estate – one of the best in recent years. Drink 2021 – 2045 »
Vinous, Antonio Galloni – 91-94 pts (2016/04)
« The 2015 Latour-Martillac is terrific. Charcoal, smoke, licorice, plum and violet notes make a strong first impression. Powerful and muscular on the palate, the 2015 delivers superb depth and overall intensity. This is a decidedly dark, virile wine, yet all the elements are nicely balanced throughout. The 2015 Latour-Martillac is shaping up to be one of the pleasant surprises of the vintage. »
Between 16°C / 61°F and 18°C / 64°F.