Bordeaux Theme

Live Virtual Auction, 26 March 2023

Bordeaux Fine Wine

Sold for

ZAR 9 380
Lot 93
  • Latour; Pauillac; 2004; 1 (1 x 1); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 9 000 - 12 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 9 380

About this Item

2004 Pauillac
1 (1 x 1) 750ml

This leading Bordeaux château dates back to the fourteenth century. The estate is located at the southern edge of Pauillac, bordering the Saint-Julien vineyards of Château Léoville-Las Cases. It was purchased in 1993 by the French industrialist François Pinault, whose empire has grown to include Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, and Christie’s Auction House. Under the presidency of Frédéric Engerer, a major program of investment has taken place, leading Château Latour to rise to an undisputed pre-eminent position in the Bordeaux wine hierarchy. Rated as a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, which is a testament to its esteemed status in the wine world, Château Latour has become one of the most sought-after and expensive wine producers on the planet. It produces powerfully structured Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant wines capable of lasting many decades.


The Coats Family Cellar is arguably the most prestigious fine wine collection ever offered in South Africa. It contains a deep collection of the worlds finest, most sought-after wines, spanning over 150 years. Collected over many decades, the cellar was imported from Ireland to South Africa via reefer. Each bottle within the Coats Family Cellar was authenticated by Michael Egan in August 2022 and given an ID number for tracking.

Michael Egan is a world-expert in fine and rare wines with more than thirty five years of experience. He was the principal expert for the plaintiff in the two major wine counterfeiting trials in Koch v. Eric Greenberg and United States v. Rudy Kurniawan, both of which occurred in 2013.

Along with Michael Egan, the Strauss & Co Fine Wine team have tasted extensively through the cellar and are confident of the wine storage and hence quality. The entire collection is currently stored at Wine Cellar.

Critics Ratings

‘The 2004 Latour is perhaps evolving slower than I expected, although it remains one of the finest Left Bank wines of the vintage. It has that quintessential graphite-scented bouquet intermixed with blackberry and cedar, although the liquorice note that I observed previously has receded. Again, there is wonderful definition. The palate is full-bodied but surprisingly more sultry than I expected, especially here where I was able to directly compare it with the other 2004 First Growths. It delivers the "authority" you expect from Latour, although I might be inclined just to give it another 2-3 years in bottle. Drink 2020 - 2045.’ – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 95/100 (Sep 2016)

‘Captivating aromas of currant, black licorice and spices, with just a hint of sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, long finish. Structured and racy.’ – James Suckling, Wine Spectator, 95/100 (Mar 2007)

‘Bright ruby-red. Classic aromas of currant, plum, graphite and minerals. Suave and smooth in the mouth, with a compelling sweetness and lushness for the vintage. At once easygoing and wonderfully complex, conveying a powerful soil character. The finish is ripely tannic, sweet and very long. This is wonderfully expressive today but the young 2006 may have even longer aging potential. Along with Chateau Margaux, my candidate for wine of the vintage.’ – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, 94/100 (May 2007)

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