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Château Latour

Bordeaux wine Château Latour Pauillac
Château Latour
Pauillac
1er Grand Cru Classé
1989 
Notations : 
  • Wine Spectator : 94 points
  • Quarin : 94 points
495.00 €
Box Gift 505.00 € 
Quantity 
Red wine
0,75 L
CARD-INDEX OF CELLAR
Area : Bordeaux
Name : Pauillac
Type : Red wine
Grape variety : Cabernet-franc, Cabernet-sauvignon, Merlot, Petit-Verdot
Structure : Complex, Deep, Dense, Length, Rich, Sappy
Families of flavor : Café, Cuir, Cèdre, Fresh fruits, Tobacco, Truffe
Conservation : A boire jusqu'en 2030 et plus
Temperature of service : 16-17°
Mets/Wines agreements : Faisan rôti à la périgourdine, Filet de boeuf en croûte, Magret de canard braisé
Capacity : Bottle (0,75 L)
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Description :

Rich and round wine. Full-bodied, with very good fruit and long velvety tannins. Needs more time. Round and rich. An evolved dark ruby color reveals amber at the edge. The nose offers aromas of caramel, coffee, ripe black cherry and currant fruit, cedar, and spice box. Although medium-bodied, with low acidity

Château Latour

Château Latour Premier Grand Cru Classé Pauillac   The Latour vineyard covers around 78 hectares of the Pauillac appellation, of which 47 hectares surround the chateau, these being referred to as L’Enclos. This, the source of the grand vin, extends from the commune boundary with St Julien, where the vines meet those of Château Léoville Las-Cases (shown running up the slope opposite in the image below), from which it is separated by the Ruisseau de Juillac, which drains into the Gironde, up to the road to Haut-Bages-Libéral.

Other plots, acquired during the 19th Century under the aegis of the Ségur family, include Comtesse de Lalande and Petit-Batailley, although these are not generally utilised for the grand vin. The soil underfoot is Gunzian gravel, a surface layer just 60 - 100cm deep, originally carried down from the Pyrenees and the Massif Central by the Gironde when the glaciers melted in the early Quaternary period. Beneath that is a subsoil of clay and marl which has a depth of up to 5m, whilst deeper still is the limestone bedrock of Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for 80% of the vines, the remainder Merlot (18%), planted wherever clay is more prominent, and then Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

After harvest there is a rigorous selection in the new chai, before the grapes are destemmed prior to fermentation, with separate tanks for the numerous aliquots of wine, divided up according to plot of origin, age of vine and naturally grape variety. Then a three week cuvaison followed by malolactic in vats, prior to selection of the vats for the grand vin. This is Chateau Latour, which is typically 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, although naturally this can vary greatly depending on the vintage. There are perhaps 18 000 cases of the grand vin produced each year (again very variable). The Second wine is Les Forts de Latour, introduced in 1966, and typically 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, of which there are perhaps 11 000 cases produced each year.


Notes de dégustation

Wine spectator : 94 points
"Rich and round wine. Full-bodied, with very good fruit and long velvety tannins. Needs more time. Round and rich. This is always outstanding and underrated by many. ’89/’90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Best after 2007." (Jun 2005)

Quarin : 94 points

Revue du Vin de France : 19/20

Robert Parker : 89 points
"This wine was tasted at a vertical tasting held in Charlotte, North Carolina several days before the Christie tasting. The Latour staff spoke far more highly of the 1989 than my experience has shown.

It possesses many characteristics that make great vintages of Bordeaux so alluring - softness, overripeness, and sweet fruit. The problem is that there are insufficient quantities of these components.

An evolved dark ruby color reveals amber at the edge. The nose offers aromas of caramel, coffee, ripe black cherry and currant fruit, cedar, and spice box. Although medium-bodied, with low acidity, the wine lacks richness in the mid-palate, and is surprisingly abrupt in the finish. It is a very fine, delicious Latour, but it is hard to believe it will attain the weight and flavor dimensions its producers suggest. Anticipated maturity: now-2020." (Jun 2000)


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