Original
129 Ratings
Chateau Latour Pauillac

Wine Details

Style

Red

Region

BordeauxFrance

Wine Description

Consistent notes except for cont'd softening of tannins with age; Med dark ruby w/amber edge; impressive nose; not too tannic; lovely Cabernet fruit; med.-full body; beautifully balanced, very ripe, almost sweet fruit; some of the leaness (esp. mid=palate) & hardness of the vintage but not austere, esp. for a Latour; long, complex, intense & elegant. Ready now but with plenty of life ahead.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 1953 Vintage) 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot Average vine age is 37 years. In order to retain the advantage of older vines, the renewal of the vines is not done in lots, but periodically throughout the vineyard. Each vine that is replaced is identified by a yellow plastic ring, making them easily identifiable so they can be harvested before the main harvest in order to avoid any confusion. This isolation of the young vines continues for 8 years. The 124 acres produce around 20,000 cases

Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 1982 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 129
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1982 Vintage) Rating: 100/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 129 on Jun-00
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1982 Vintage) Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2004 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/01/2007
  • Decanter
    (From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 5/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Dense, almost black colour, really superb nose of blackcurrants, tobacco and cedar, very elegant and full of hidden power, the product of a great terroir matched to very intelligent wine making, has 'creamy' tannins due to the ripeness of the Merlot, yet