Red

1996 Château Latour Grand Vin

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 179

  • dnnk88 wrote: flawed

    September 9, 2019 - WCC Stag Wine Night Blind Tasting @ Jade Palace [Solaia 2008, Opus One 2007, Unico 2006, Dominus 1997, Latour 1996]: Final bottle for the night - Nose of black fruits, plums, violets, leather, soil and earth. The bouquet took some time to come out and wasn’t as memorable as compared to some of the other wines tonight - something amiss? Palate of black fruits, cherries, black pepper, soil, herbs, spices, espresso - tasted lethargic but at the same time, you get spikes of cherry sours. Resolved tannins; acidity still present. Unfortunately there was no magic - the group was quite perplexed and disappointed with this showing and agreed it is likely to be a flawed bottle or bottle variation, especially considering the strong reviews on CT. This deserves a re-match.

  • Bordeaux_Jon Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 28, 2019 - From a half bottle. Certainly better than the Lafite and Margaux 1996. For me this is the best Latour I've had, better than the 1982 which at this stage lacks some intensity and the 1990, which can be variable and often too bretty (way better than the 1985, 1986, 1988, 1995, 1999, 2001, and 2005). Quite a lot going on, blackberry and cherries, cigar, tobacco, leafy notes, oak, leather, and a little brett, this really covers the spectrum of Pauillac and Latour. It was a bit more elegant and softer than I'd expected based on having a taste from a full bottle in 2012, but it could be the age or half bottle format. For my taste, I wouldn't want to drink this any older, and perhaps even a little younger. It seems like a Latour that showed well in its youth compared to the 1995, 2001, and 2005. I feel like I could have drank a whole bottle and want to some time soon, so that seems like a good sign to me.

  • Ricky99 wrote: 96 points

    August 10, 2019 - Just stunning... after an hour decant, it was showing like a classic... perhaps more feminine/sophisticated than I expected but a beauty nontheless

  • Jeff Leve wrote: 99 points

    July 31, 2019 - A stunning wine in every sense of the word. Full-bodied, deep, concentrated, regal and long, the wine is packed with ripe, juicy, sweet, fresh dark red fruits, tobacco, earth and spice. Concentrated, balanced and complex, this is still youthful. The finish really hangs in there. You can enjoy it now with 2 hours of air. Or give it another 5-10-15 years in the cellar for more development.

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  • aquacongas wrote: 99 points

    July 28, 2019 - Blind, Riedel sommelier grand cru bordeaux Glas
    Almost perfect bordeaux. Hedonistic, primary notes are completely dominating, no aging signs. Killing acidity with firm tannins. For the next 30 years at least. 99(100)
    I guessed lafite 1996

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/12/2014 (link) 95 points

    (Château Latour Grand Vin) Bricking dark red violet color; lifted, cedar, tobacco, tart currant, light menthol nose; velvety textured, tart red currant, cedar, tobacco, menthol palate with firm tannins yet; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/25/2003 (link) 95 points

    (Château Latour Grand Vin) Chateau Latour Vertical with Robert Parker and Latour's Frederic Engerer: Olive and oregano nose, with earth and berries showing too after 30 minutes in the glass; good opening notes of cedary fruit; nice, lighter tasting mid-palate of herbaceous fruit; herbaceous tannins on the finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Latour
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Grand Vin
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac
  • UPC Codes 0400009708967, 263998504855, 606899700436

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 521 (4%)
  • In Cellars 9,451 (76%)
  • Consumed 2,427 (20%)

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