Chateau Latour probably takes the longest to come around of all of the first Growths. Most of the time, patience is rewarded. This showed quite well for the vintage. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is very earthy with Bordeaux funk but also cassis, black raspberries, tobacco and slight cedar. Medium bodied with medium tannins. At age 22, this is more of a teenager than an adult. The palate goes from heavy cassis to cranberries and back with underlying funk and earth. There is some complexity. This should drink well for another fifteen to twenty years. It drinks nice alo
This has always been a controversial style. Perhaps it is because it was release in an excellent vintage and a ripe one at that, but is made in an older, less ripe style. It depends on what you are looking for. Ruby in color with some browning. The nose is very earthy with tobacco, slight bell pepper and black cherries. On the palate, this has light tannins, cherry fruit and some complexity. The bell pepper returns a bit on the finish. It is quite enjoyable but certainly not a thrill ride that Mouton can, at time, provide. It won't get any better from here and is either at peak or a
This was initially very dusty on opening. I thought there might be some TCA, but it was just bottle stink as it blew off. After that, it kept getting better for the next couple of hours. Ruby in color with some browning, a bit flat. The nose had dust, cassis, dried currents and a bit of funk. On the palate, this has slight tannins still. Cherries and dried cherries. Some complexity. Probably a bit past peak but still drinking quite well. It works better with food and was excellent with stuffed mushrooms. This probably needs to be consumed sooner than later although it should still
Any time one gets a chance to drink Mouton it is special. Even if it wasn't from a stellar vintage. Such is the case here. Sort of a dark brown/ruby in color. The nose has cinnamon but not really much else going on. On the palate, this has tart acidity. Slight dried cherry fruit. It does have a nice texture. It is certainly drinkable if old. No point waiting on these any longer. It will work better with food. This was consumed with a group and a couple of them really enjoyed it. Such is wine.
This was not a good vintage and its been a long time. This bottle was DOA. Oxidized. Oh well. Certainly representative of most bottles at this time.
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with cherries, dried cherries, dust and spice. There is also a bit of raisin. On the palate, the fruit is more dried cherries but some fresh cherries. The raisin continues thru slightly. Not a lot of complexity. This seems to be on the way down and probably ought to be drunk now. It will still work fine at the dinner table. Stews would be a nice match.
I have been lucky enough to have this on a few occasions. Never has it been open or showing anything like it's lofty status with the critics would indicate so I approached with trepidation. No need. This bottle was amazing. Everything it was supposed to be including still a bit on the young side. It is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim. Bright but mostly opaque. On the nose, lovely cassis, cigar box, ash and slight pencil lead. The lead becomes more pronounced with air and there is some chocolate and spi
A big surprise on the upside drinking this wine. It was much younger and better than I expected (and I had high expectations). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is young with cassis, cedar, a bit of graphite and slight roasted herbs. On the palate, what a lovely lush texture. Still a lot of primary and secondary flavors. Cassis, chocolate and then with air an underneath of dry forest floor. Medium tannins. Nice balance. Long finish. This bottle anyway, still needs around five to seven more years to peak, but again, at age 37, all bottles are different. It would go great
Thrown into a tasting of First Growths from this vintage, that probably wasn't fair, but it held it's own even if not one of the top wines. And, to top it off Inky purple in color. The nose is very nice with liqueur-like notes of cassis and cherries along with some cedar and spice. On the palate, this has a lot of cassis fruit with firm tannins. It will need another five to ten year to maturity. It is delicious as pop and pour right now. Considering this is available for around $90 right now, it is hard to justify the prices of some of the other "better" wines.
Probably, this may be the best wine from Bordeaux in this vintage, but it is going to take a long, long time. In any event, this is a wine that needs a week to decant now or just wait. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Purple in color to the rim. The nose has cassis, licorice, tobacco and heavy roast coffee. On the palate, this is very concentrated and takes some time to open in the glass. Firm tannins. Lots of cassis fruit but packed densely, it is hard to get more than that, but at the same time, the fruit goes on forever. There is some obvious oak at this p