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Château Latour Pauillac Bottle 1988

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Berry Bros & Rudd review: "Fine colour. Impressive nose. Not too tannic. Still youthful<br/>nevertheless. Lovely Cabernet fruit. Medium-full body. Beautifully balanced,<br/>very ripe, almost sweet fruit. Not a bit too austere. Almost ready. Long,<br/>complex, intense and very, very classy. Splendid for the vintage. Drink<br/>2004-2028." (Clive Coates - The Vine - 01-Jan-2001)

Château Latour:
  Château Latour is a First Growth wine estate in Pauillac in the Bordeaux region of France. The castle was built in the early 14th century as a home shared by various feudal lords. It played a role in the Hundred Years War, serving as a garrison for the Anglo-Gascon army. But it wasn’t till the 16th century that wine production began there in earnest. In the late 17th and ... Read more
  Château Latour is a First Growth wine estate in Pauillac in the Bordeaux region of France. The castle was built in the early 14th century as a home shared by various feudal lords. It played a role in the Hundred Years War, serving as a garrison for the Anglo-Gascon army. But it wasn’t till the 16th century that wine production began there in earnest. In the late 17th and early 18th century, Latour was owned by Alexandre de Ségur, whom Louis XV referred to as “Prince of the Vines.” Before his death in 1716, de Ségur purchased Lafite, and his son Nicolas-Alexandre, then President of Bordeaux, acquired Mouton and Calon in 1718. By the 18th century, peace between England and France meant increased trade with Bordeaux. This elevated the status of the finest French estates, which increased in value significantly as they saw more attention from the nobility. Though Bordeaux saw a lot of damage to estates in the French Revolution and breakups of their ownerships, Latour remained unharmed and remained in the Ségur family. It was officially named a First Growth, the highest possible honor for a French wine, in 1855.    By the mid 20th century, various inheritances meant many shares in Latour, which for 30 years became owned almost entirely by the British financial group Pearson and Harveys of Bristol. But in 1993, the majority of the estate was sold to François Pinault in Artemis, once again in French hands.    The prestigious wines are produced with respect to tradition with modern techniques assuring the highest possible quality. Latour is best known for its Grand Vin, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, with an average annual production of 18,000 cases. They have a second wine, Les Forts de Latour and also a “third wine,” simply called Latour Pauillac. Bottles of Latour Grand Vin, particularly older vintages, have been known to sell for astronomical prices at auctions. Read less

External Reviews for Château Latour Pauillac Bottle

External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
07/18/2010

The best showing yet for a wine from this under-rated vintage, the dark garnet-colored 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 flavors 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


External Review
Source: SoDivin
05/06/2009

1er Cru Classé


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Tight, tough and tannic, but should improve with age. Ruby color, with aromas of meat, green tobacco and plums. Medium- to full-bodied, with firm tannins and a medium finish. A bit hard and dry really. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1988 Latour, Chateau 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/16/2011

So minty, with loads of subtle ripe fruit and eucalyptus undertones. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, long finish. Caresses every inch of the palate. Its the quality of the tannins thats impressive here. What a great and beautiful wi... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1988 Latour, Chateau 750ml



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Berry Bros & Rudd review: "Fine colour. Impressive nose. Not too tannic. Still youthful<br/>nevertheless. Lovely Cabernet fruit. Medium-full body. Beautifully balanced,<br/>very ripe, almost sweet fruit. Not a bit too austere. Almost ready. Long,<br/>complex, intense and very, very classy. Splendid for the vintage. Drink<br/>2004-2028." (Clive Coates - The Vine - 01-Jan-2001)

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