Chateau Latour, 1988

Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classe

Bottle size: 75cl

ABV: 12%

Chateau Latour , 1988

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Description

91 points - Robert Parker
92 Points - Wine journal

"The best showing yet for a wine from this under-rated vintage, the dark garnet-coloured 1988 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. A bouquet of melted tar, plums, black currants, cedar, and underbrush is followed by a sweet entry, with medium to full body, excellent ripeness, and mature tannin. It is a classic, elegant Latour with more meaty, vegetable-like flavours than are found in a riper year, such as 1989 and 1990. The 1988 has just begun to enter its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for 25 years. Anticipated maturity: now-2025" Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 2000.

"This is perhaps the best First Growth from this vintage. At 20-years of age, this has a delightful, cedar-infused nose with dark berry fruits, a touch of scorched earth, tar and graphite all with excellent definition and vigour. Impressive weight on the palate, firm tannins provided a stern backbone but this Latour has mellowed in recent years, less austere than I recall. Tobacco infused black fruits, a pleasant leafiness on the mid-palate with a slight salty tang that I have not noticed before. Surprisingly rich towards the finish, as if the wine had forgotten its vintage and thought it was a 1990! A great Latour considering the vintage and it should cellar for 10-15 years. Excellent. Drink now-2030. Tasted May 2009." Neil Martin, Wine Journal.

Condition

good level (base of neck) and label

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