Red

1990 Château Latour Grand Vin

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 334

  • acyso wrote: 98 points

    September 6, 2022 - Flickinger dinner (Chicago, IL): A stupendous showing of this wine, though not at the level of another bottle that I experienced a few years ago. This one showed a little more maturity. The nose is stereotypically Bordeaux, with a hint of pyrazine but lots of ripe, plummy fruit, and a good amount of wood shavings too. On the palate, there's a bit of a coffee/chocolate thing going on, but also intense, concentrated fruit and heaps of complexity. Nowhere near mature, but a truly impressive wine nonetheless.

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  • The Andrews Likes this wine: 99 points

    September 3, 2022 - Deep woods, truffle, mushroom. Iodine initially but developed really nicely and faded into harmony. Decanted at 4:30 and drank at 7 as the flavors smoothed out and integrated. Best around 8-9, but didn’t fade much. As a 32-year old wine, this is a middle aged welterweight that should age well. What a great, smooth experience. Loved and would try to have again.

  • Cromulent Likes this wine: 97 points

    August 26, 2022 - Took this out on a beach picnic as a result no decanting. The nose is starting to display tertiary aromas, the palate is still in the secondary phase. Very good but had hoped for better.

  • MariusA Likes this wine:

    July 21, 2022 - Drank this bottle (perfect condition) at Restaurant Munch at Refnes Gods (Moss, Norway). Unfortunately, I did not plan ahead and the wine spent only a short amount of time in the decanter. It's a pity because there was so much there that started to unwind towards the end of the meal. What a pity. Don't make the same mistake as me - give this baby at least 2-3 hours in the decanter prior to drinking.

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  • Cailles wrote: 98 points

    June 26, 2022 - Tasted double blind. At first a bit muted, this bottle got better and better by the minute. The tannins melted, the balance got to a perfect level, the precision and complexity reached the highest highs and the seductive Latour nuttiness became more prominent. The last glas and sip was close to perfection. Clearly the best bottle of Latour 1990 I‘ve had to date but this wine will likely need another decade (or two or three) to reach its peak - ageing at a glacial pace.

    TN: Intense, yet delicate nose with dark fruits, spices, minty notes, and more spices. At first a touch muted but getting more expressive with time. On the palate very intense, very good, from start to finish, lots of delicate dark fruit, loads of minerality, minty notes, spices, with time lots of nutty aromas, some faint wet forest floor and tobacco aromas too but overall not much tertiary aromas yet. The precision and purity are off the charts. At first the balance was not there, the tannins even slightly coarse but that changed with more time in the decanter and glass. The tannins nicely melted, the acidity is high but perfectly round, the wine is nicely creamy and has a lot of tension, still slightly muscular overall. The finish is quite long full of fruit and minerality. Impressive from start to finish.

    Decanting: Decanted for 3 hours. Could have used even more air.

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    Up From The Cellar No. 17, 3/2/2022 (link)

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Decanter

  • By Charles Curtis MW
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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Cellar Favorite: 1990 Château Latour (Nov 2019), 11/1/2019 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2019, Issue #80, Another Look At the 1989 and 1990 Bordeaux - Twin Vintages Have Taken Different Paths With Age

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    In Excelsis: Château Latour 1887 – 2010 (Jul 2018), 7/18/2018 (link)

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    In Excelsis: Château Latour 1887 – 2010 (Jul 2018), 7/1/2018 (link)

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    Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival 2017 (Nov 2017), 11/1/2017 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2017, Issue #71, Château Latour Bordeaux’s Longest-Lived First Growth

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/16/2016 (link)

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    12/4/2014 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/27/2012 (link)

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  • By John Kapon
    Chicago Recap, 11/2/2011

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/15/2010 (link)

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    Hong Kong Killers November, 2/5/2010

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    Latour at Latour, 12/7/2009

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  • By Rachel Shaughnessy
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    10/16/2007 (link)

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    Mt. Sinai Benefit, 3/9/2007

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    Latour Mouton Retrospectives, 6/30/2006

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/16/2005 (link)

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

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    The 2002 Romanee Contis and a Mt. Sinai Hospital Charity Event, 2/13/2005

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    The European Grand Jury, Vegas Style, 1/16/2005

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/5/2003 (link)

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    10/7/2002 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

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    6/28/2002 (link)

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    The 1990 Clarets...To Have and To Hold (Nov 1993), 11/1/1993 (link)

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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 175 (1%)
  • In Cellars 9,366 (74%)
  • Consumed 3,038 (24%)

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