Wine Dinner Extravaganza (North Lincoln Avenue Loft - Chicago IL): In flight with Margaux and Cheval Blanc 1990. Clearly the most backward of the flight. Intense aromas of black fruit, liqueur hints, background spice. Powerful fruit is very fresh on palate. Long, meaty throughout. This bottle had been open several hours before serving, while the others were popped and poured.
Good dark color with slight bricking on the edges. Just a gorgeous nose of black currants, roasted walnuts and sweet tar pit. This took a good hour in a decanter to really start to strut and then showed a thick, velvety texture with deep flavors of Latour dirt with ripe black fruits, roasted walnuts and fabulous minerals. The wine has good acidity underneath and the finish is so terroir-driven with the flavors and complexity of the vineyard. There are notes of black smoke, bitter chocolate and the sweetest dark earth. With time to breathe, this drinks very nicely now and the only knock is maybe it doesn't have a full mid-palate. But go bbq lamb chops tonight and eat out on your deck like I'm doing and tell me how much better wine and food can get!
Made the mistake, I believe of not decanting for very long at all. Do not make this mistake. Really never opened up. I was very disappointed. Granted this was the worst looking bottle of this that I own, with a high shoulder fill and some oxidation on the capsule and a weird stain on the label. So maybe the bottle was flawed. Anyway, not happy. Probably will try again with one of my other bottles in a couple of years and will decant for a very long time.
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(Château Latour Grand Vin) Bricking dark red violet color; mature, tobacco, tart red currant, cedar, cigar box nose; tasty, velvety textured, tobacco, tart currant, cedar, cigar box, orange peel palate; long finish
(Latour) The 1990 Latour and 1982 Margaux were two of my wines of the night. I have always loved the openness and sweet, giving personality of the ’90 Latour, which is atypically not brooding. This penguin left the glacier a long time ago, but the ’90 shows no sign of early advancement either. It is just one of those wines that has always been delicious, as long as I can remember.
(Latour) The 1990 Latour was quite the contrast to the 1982. It has always been an open and flamboyant Latour, one that I have consistently loved. Its nose was seductive, full of olives and flesh. Its palate was a bit beany at first, not overly though. This bottle was a bit more tannic than I remember the last couple of occasions that I have had it. There were rich, olive flavors and kinky, wild fruit. While the 1982 was a textbook Latour fit for a University degree, the 1990 wanted to party all night long.
(Latour) The 1990 Latour was fabulous. This was the second knockout bottle of this wine I had had within the month. Its sweet nose was inviting and open, more showy than any other wine. Its trio of musk, cedar and cassis was pure nose candy, and fresh, honey-roasted walnuts rounded out its sexy aromatics. It was so delicious, classic and the freshest palate of them all, showing lots of tasty pencil flavors. There was also great cedar to the palate, which was less ripe than the nose led me to expect, and the 1990 Latour was the best balanced of the four wines, providing an equal ratio of fruit and finish (97).
(Latour) The wine that was paired with the Baron was quite pungent, possessing glue in its nose at first. Brooding fruit and lurking oak peered out from the shadows of this behemoth’s nose. There were lots of peanut flavors and sweet cassis fruit, and this wine had excellent length and balance, gaining and expanding in the glass. It was a 1990 Latour, and while not as good as my two recent experiences, it was still outstanding (95).
(Latour) There were three more pairs on this evening, beginning with the modern-day heavyweight matchup of 1990 vs. 1982 Latour. The 1990 Latour was fresh and clean with nut, plum and spice aromas. It was rich, lush and seductive both in the nose and on the palate. Its cashmere tannins just melted in my mouth. Engerer found it ‘very extreme for Latour.’ It was so creamy and tasty, very forward and hedonistic with still enough stuffing for any turkey. It would be the first of three times for this wine in the coming month, and all three showed in the same decadently delicious way
(Latour) was classic with the hot weed and earth components of this particular vintage of Latour, that touch of a roasted edge the 1990 always seems to have. There were nice minerals to its nose, and its palate was very polished, long, balanced and smooth with nice vim
(Chateau Latour) It had a fabulous nose which was rich, nutty, deep and full of black fruits. There was also a marzipan edge to its singing nose. The palate was rich, beefy and minty, long and balanced with a touch of tasty vegetable. Rich and creamy, its flavors flirted with wood but settled more on charcoal and tobacco
(Latour) one of the best bottles of this that I have ever had. It was in perfect condition and had an incredibly youthful nose, Pomerolesque, in fact. Its nose was dripping with chunky, plummy fruit intertwined with t 'n a, grilled walnuts and a dash of mint. There were also edges of sawdust and leather. The palate was rich, meaty and long with dry (as in young) cassis fruit flavors, chocolate kisses and sweet grape seed and carob touches. The fruit and seed elements were well balanced to say the least. Rudy called the 1990 'the next 1959,' while the 1982 was 'the next 1961.' Rudy also admirably noted its 'sea salt,' Dar its 'tobacco,' and Graham its 'soil and iron'
(Latour) was no slouch either, and it was nice to see it perform well. I had actually been fed three shots from three different bottles earlier, served to me by Robin Kelley O.Connor of the Bordeaux Wine Bureau on my way to the men.s room, and it was interesting to see subtle bottle variation even from the same case. There may have been variation, very slight, but there was no doubting the quality of this case overall. So many of the great Bordeaux have been traded so frequently that bottle variation is an issue, even for wines from 1982 or 1990. You know who may be even guiltier than retailers or customers taking shipping or storage for granted? The answer is ignorant wholesalers that did not even have temperature-controlled storage in the 1970s and 1980s; you would be surprised to find out how many did NOT until as late as the 1990s. Anyway, enough of that rant. The 1990 Latour had a deep and rich nose with beautiful cedar aromas. The wine was fragrant and perfumed with a touch of benevolent green. It was long, pure, rich and classy, although the always controversial and opinionated .Big Boy. RR thought that .all 1990s are in a shell right now. and that .the 1996 blows away the 1990.. The Latour was the wine of the night for me, and it will have a long future ahead of it
(Latour) The next wine was another shy nose, fine and pure but coy. There were light edges of cedar, leather, mineral, chocolate, tannins, alcohol and smoke. The finsh was very long and dry and continued to sneak up on my palate. There were pure and refined flavors that were consistent with the nose in this excellent bottle
(Château Latour Grand Vin) Chateau Latour Vertical with Robert Parker and Latour's Frederic Engerer: 1st bottle: Intriguing sandalwood, cedar nose; nice, concentrated fruit initially, with very sweet tannins, a hint of currant, but fades out to thin, strawberry flavor; light sandalwood finish. 94 points
Since the mid-palate faded out so much, I asked Parker how he thought the '90 was holding up. He said he was disappointed with it, that it was not representative of recent bottles he's had, and did not taste like the relatively young wine that it is. This comment resulted in us being poured from a second bottle. The second bottle was much younger tasting, with fresher fruit, and lovely, well-resolved tannins. 98 points
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