Thoroughly unremarkable; this is atypical for Latour, feigning an elegance, a Burgundian slant... there was, alas, nothing in this bottle to suggest it was anything more than a £30 bottle of claret. Fair do.
Nydelige ungdommelige dufter av rødfrukt, men solbær er mest fremtredende, blyantspiss og hint av lær. I anslaget er dette en kar som er rimelig stram i maska. Superkonsentrert frukt, men det er litt trangt enda. Trenger tid, og savner noe eleganse. Nydelig frukt i den meget lange finishen.
A deep colour with a classical albeit restrained Cabernet-infused Latour nose of lead pencil, minerals and some forest floor. On the palate it was medium to full bodied, dense and powerful. It is regal with a touch of austerity but a long authoritative finish. This wine has been criticised for falling short of the other Medoc first growths...I am not so sure about that...it is tremendously satisfying to drink now, and will last for another couple of decades. Another under-rated Latour along with the 1983, 1985 and 1988.
Mike Grammer Comes to Town - KS version (Ripple Restaurant in DC): I must be a serious label whore. Another wonderful fully mature FG. Sweet dark fruit, cassis, plume, lead pencil, cedar, caramel, a hint of mint and earth. Beautiful harmonious palate, sweet cassis driven palate and noticeable tannins at the end but not bothersome. Drinking nicely.
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(Château Latour Grand Vin) Chateau Latour Vertical with Robert Parker and Latour's Frederic Engerer: Nose hinted of Madeira, along with strawberries and cream; elegant, strawberry, coffee flavors; a little Burgundian on the finish. Drinking well now. (Parker said it was like the '96, although taking a long time to develop.)
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