Tasted along with '79 Lafite-Rothschild, '83 Margaux, '93 Ridge Monte Bello, '94 Petrus and '98 Haut-Brion.
Clear, deep intensity ruby color.
The nose is developing with a medium(+) aroma intensity. Initially a bit tight but opens up in the glass during the night. It has a massive bottom of inky, black fruit with layers upon layers upon layers of aromas. Lots of new, expensive oak with high-end dark chocolate, cocoa bean, expensive vanilla, cedar wood, pine tree, lead pencil and spice. Some floral notes of violets and grassy herbs. Hints of tar, bonfire, stable, forest floor and gravel dust. This is deep, refined and just lovely.
Dry on the palate with a medium acidity, medium(+) body and medium(+) ripe tannins. The flavor intensity is pronounced with flavors of really ripe black currants, cassis, sweet spice, cedar wood, lead pencil, tar, gravel dust, vanilla beans and cold espresso. The finish is long.
This wine is packed with richness and power yet it leaves a very elegant and focused impression. This is top class, outstanding quality! Drinking very good today with some aeration but it has a long and lovely future and I would love to have this in 5-10 years or so.
Medium intense nose with aromas of roasted oak, burned wood, wet gravel, concrete, dirt, dark fruit, wood, ceder, tobacco, coffee and chocolate. Very good depth and high complexity. There is just layer upon layer with classic Bordeaux. Took some time to open up though, and as always the best sip and sniff is the last one.
Medium+ acidity, distinct, medium+ tannins well balanced by a vibrant fruit. High intensity and a long, long finish. Medium+ body. The plate also felt very tight knit at the start, but given an hour in the glas out come a beautifully balanced, silky, elegant wine.
Would love to drink this in 5 years, and the very good '89 vintage really have kept this wine in great shape. The QPR is not very god though :)
Night Two in Paris (La Tour D'Argent): From a magnum. Not a standout for me, hardly flawed yet nothing soared either. A yeasty, unyielding nose that did not seem to soften over time. Clean and full texture, with very high acidity. Notes of black fruit, ripe plum, walnuts, graphite and smoky forest floor, along with what I would deem to be green tannins.
12th of 24, perfect fill, hour decanted, previous notes fine plus or better - essentially as noted in November 2013, but muted and smaller scale, nor as long and persistent, for me on night (but not Mr W) behind the 96 and LLC 89. At best fine plus (18/20).
Pair decanted for two hours together. Perfect condition. Much as earlier notes. I just feel that this Latour is (while still fine) significantly underperforming given the vintage. Neither can I detect where any further improvement with age would come from with this structure. While no rush to drink, in my view, no point in holding either.
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