Château Latour vertical tasting (1937 to 2003) ((Wine Watch, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)): From half-bottle. A gorgeous wine, and a crowd pleaser in this vertical tasting. On blind tasting, this and the 1937 were the easiest to identify. A big wine, and very concentrated. Still a dark opaque color. Cassis, pencil shavings, graphite, cigar tobacco, and espresso. Very smooth for a 2003, and with excellent ripeness of its fruit. Excellent balance, but still a bit tannic. A wine to hold, but surprisingly, this can be enjoyed now with a lot of aeration.
66x Parker 100-Pointers from Bordeaux 1947-2010 tasted blind (Switzerland): Tasted blind. Dark ruby. Ripe and overt nose with dark fruit, cake, gingerbread, pine. Soft and full bodied on the palate, a real blockbuster but without being heavy. Very close to the Lafite next to it but not as elegant in my view. Another terrific showing in this outer-wordly flight. The group really, really loved this and it was the overall winner over the two days. Group score: 19.30, group rank: 1/64
40th Wedding Anniversary. Hard to describe how utterly compelling this wine was. Started of smoky with typical Pauillac minerality. But then, wow, did it move from typical to incredibly outstanding! Immense, but wonderfully smooth tannins. Tons of fruit, very powerful, but at the same time gentle. Only the great wines possess both. I am at a loss for words to describe, and frankly incapable of really telling the story as others have. I think this is my first 100 point score (not sure) - it is truly deserving.
2003 CHÂTEAU LATOUR 100 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: “...only 10,800 cases (rather than the normal 15,000-20,000) of the 2003 Latour wer produced. From the beginning Robert Parker called it “...one of the candidates for “wine of the vintage,” which remains to be true as Robert Parker tasted it again for the fourth time six months ago and had this to say, “Administrator Frederic Engerer says the 2003 is “the sexiest Latour ever made.” He also described it as “the 1990 without any brettanomyces.” I loved this wine from the barrel and was fortunate enough to be able to purchase a small quantity, enjoying every bottle I have had. A profound example of Chateau Latour, the full-bodied, opulent 2003 is already performing well at age eleven, which is somewhat atypical. The pH is a relatively high 3.8, which also indicates low acidity. The wine is very ripe, but not over-ripe, offers great freshness, and lots of creme de cassis and camphor as well as hints of blackberries and chocolate. Dense, thick and unctuously textured, this staggering Latour is undeniably the most sumptuous, opulent wine made here since the 1982 or 1961.” 8/2014
This behaved more like a $65 dollar bottle of wine.Decanted 3 hours. Just very average. Light nose of plumbs some blackberry. On the palate once again average basic flavor of red and black berries, tannins just a bit richer or creamier than your average Bordeaux. No cedar flavor. Nothing complex. One thing is for sure. I am not touching any of my remaining young 1st growths any time soon.
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(Château Latour Grand Vin) Black-tinged very dark red violet color; lifted, tobacco, tart black fruit, cedar, roast coffee nose; tasty, ripe black currant, light hoisin sauce, tobacco, cedar palate with lowish acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ points
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