Red

1990 Château Latour Grand Vin

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 273

  • OmiyaDrinker wrote: 97 points

    August 1, 2020 - Only medium color in appearance. Intoxicating nose - fresh but complex. Black currant leaf, mint, balsamic, forest floor. With some air, particularly on day 2, gorgeous pronounced aromas of smoke, cigar box, tobacco leaf. On the palate, a delicious hit of sweet fruits wrapped in cedar and tobacco, with some exotic spice through the mid-palate. Hints of caramel. There’s a character to this as if every time you taste it, it is different. You could hold onto this, and there is some tannic grip remaining, but based on this bottle, I see no reason not to drink now.

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  • Cailles wrote: 95 points

    July 25, 2020 - Tasted double blind. This wine is is amazing, although far too young. Everything is still slightly muted but you sense all the substance, the glorious complexity and precision with every sip, the luxurious structure. Today it was mainly intellectually appealing but never really that super seductive and sensual wine Bordeaux can be. I would be amazing to meet this beauty again once mature (maybe in 20 years?).

    TN: A rainbow of dark fruit and red furit, superb minerality, herbs, hints uf almonds. Never fully expressive, not as complex as it could be but as mentioned above you sense that there is more. No hints of any teritary development (I guessed it to be a 2000). Perfect structure with a wall of luxurious tannins without hard edges and a perfectly integrated acidity. Harmonious and balanced.

    Decanting: Decanted for roughly 4 hours, followed over 3 more hours with little change.

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  • englishman's claret wrote: 95 points

    July 15, 2020 - Really, really dense nose full of blackberry, grilled nuts, and and still surprisingly okay at age 30. Fullish on the palate with pencil and mineral notes. Promising finish. When will this be ready? 94-95ish

  • hprphf wrote: 93 points

    July 8, 2020 - Bordeaux Left Bank First Growth BYO (Grand Hyatt Hong Kong): Off bottle? It is quite strong in peppery flavor, and lacks the graceful balance of the vintage. 93 for the dense showing(?)

  • FoinZap Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 10, 2020 - This had two distinct phases. From an hour to two hours in the decanter, it was exceptional, extremely varied, harmonious and balanced. After about 2.5 hours and continuing for the next few hours, a strong combo of pipe tobacco, leather and pencil lead took over, burying the fruit, and it was a much less enjoyable wine.

    The first 2 hours experience was amazing probably 98-100. The 2.5 to 5 hour experience was more like a 90. I'll describe the amazing stretch...garnet color, huge nose, with impressive breadth, scents of rich beef bouillon, black olive, coffee, pencil lead, cedar, blackberry. The palate was red raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, beef, coffee, pencil lead, earth, wet gravel, cocoa, so much going on and remarkably flawless and in harmony. Mid-to full-bodied with integrated tannins and a smooth, warm, robust finish.

    At about the 90 minute point a sweet caramel flavor emerged, and a slightly bitter note mid-palate, graphite? An hour later, the more bitter flavors took over an knocked it from one of my all-time favorite drinking experiences to no longer in contention. Looking forward to giving it another shot.

    Oddly enough I had a very similar experience with a '98 Haut-Brion recently, which ended up almost undrinkable after several hours out of the bottle. Has anyone else had this experience with Left Bank Bordeaux from the '90s?

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  • By John Gilman
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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    Clos Ste. Hune Vertical at Tse Yang, Dinner in Vegas and a 2002 Blind Aussie Recap, 11/7/2005

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/12/2014 (link) 96 points

    (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

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/20/2012 (link) 96 points

    (Château Latour Grand Vin) Dark red violet color; lovely, tart currant, pencil lead, tobacco nose; delicious, tart currant, tart plum, cedar, pencil lead palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/8/2011 (link) 94 points

    (Château Latour Grand Vin) Bricked, medium red violet color; lovely cedar, mushroom nose; poised, elegant, a little advanced, cedar, mushroom, mature tart plum palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/21/2010 (link) 96 points

    (Château Latour Grand Vin) Very dark red violet color; tobacco, pencil lead, mushroom, cigar box nose; elegant, cigar box, tart black fruit, mineral palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/21/2007 (link) 97 points

    (Château Latour Grand Vin) Nice scarlet red color with pale meniscus; rich, sexy, leather and mushroom nose; delicious, rich, cassis, concentrated but elegant, still very young; long finish 97+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/25/2003 (link) 98 points

    (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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1990
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Latour
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Grand Vin
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac
  • UPC Code 263998504855

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 98 (1%)
  • In Cellars 8,399 (77%)
  • Consumed 2,382 (22%)

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