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1985 Latour Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Pauillac - Red - First Growth

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac

Red Bordeaux Blend - First Growth
Producer Notes

Chateau Latour is among the First Growth properties classified in the Bordeaux 1855 Classification. The estate is situated in the southern portion of Pauillac, bordering St. Julien and the Gironde estuary. Latour is considered one of the longest-lasting First Growths, reflecting its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend is typically 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc... More »

Score
92
JR 18
WS 93
WA 88
Drink Dates
Comm: 2008-2015 WA: 2000-2012 WS: 2000-2015
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JR 18
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 1995-2020

From Latour's English period. Very dark crimson still and marked by the easy sweetness of the year. Only with time in the glass did it lose a bit of focus and become a bit leathery with a hint of rusty nails, suggesting this wine is now at its peak. It reminded some of Grenache.

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WA 88
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 129
Drink Dates 2000-2012

This wine was tasted from my personal collection, following the Latour tasting. The 1985 Latour is a soft, open-knit example, without much structure, delineation, and depth. The dark ruby color displays amber at the edge. The bouquet of tobacco, black fruits, herbs, earth, and new oak is pleasant, but neither intense nor persistent. The wine is medium-bodied, with sweet fruit on the attack, but it narrows out to reveal dry tannin and herbaceous notes.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2000-2015

Rich and ripe wine. Dark red color with an amber edge. Loads of meat, berry and tobacco character on the nose. Very rich. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, ultraripe fruit finish. Still very fresh and young.--Latour vertical.

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Author Wang Chong
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.2%
Tasted On 02/07/2013
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Author Tj R
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.077%
Tasted On 12/23/2012
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Author Charles M71
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.521%
Tasted On 05/02/2010
Drink Dates 2012-2020
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Author PLevensohn
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.26%
Tasted On 03/15/2009
Drink Dates

12.5% alcohol, think about it, that's the difference between the velvety elegance of a Latour and other 20 year old+ Bordeaux wines and the 14.5% plus alcohol California BIG cabernets that we also love so much. What can I say, the Latour was a classic and drank far better than Parker's most recent review would indicate.

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 03/01/2004
Drink Dates 2004-2010

For some reason, Latour hit a rough patch and underperformed between 1983 and 1989. Coming in the middle of this streak of mediocre efforts, the '85 Latour has always been a relative disappointment and, frankly, is bested by all of the other First Growths in 1985 - some by a wide margin. Still, the '85 offers enjoyable if relatively disappointing drinking at present. The wine has turned almost completely brown. If it was carbonated one might mistake it for A&W Root Beer. Still has good fruit on the palate with vanilla, pineapple, slightly spicy oak, and cherry. Exotic fruit aromas exist in the nose as well. Despite the wine?s color, this is the best showing the '85 has had in my experience. Drink now to 2010 (Latour can hang on for years past when a typical wine will die).

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