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Grand Vin de Chateau Latour 1974

Member Review by raindance:

Gift from an exceptional friend. Just dumbfounded. Never had a wine from a first growth French Vineyard before. Uncorked the bottle at my eldest granddaughters first communion party in Texas. After 44 years the cork had almost bled through and it broke upon opening. I decanted it and aerated it. Almost no sediment in the bottle. The wine was an amber color in the glass, again a hue I had never seen before. The initial nose was very acidic to me, I thought maybe it had gone bad. The first taste was alarming as I thought it had indeed gone bad, but the tannin was still very much alive on the finish. I left it for about an hour and upon revisiting I was surprised at how it had changed in the glass. this turned out to be very lovely wine, by no means worth the price it might have garnered in a retail setting, but still a very educational experience. All others who tasted it initially did not like it, preferring to drink wine not made for cellaring.

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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

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05/04/2019

Gift from an exceptional friend. Just dumbfounded. Never had a wine from a first growth French Vineyard before. Uncorked the bottle at my eldest granddaughters first communion party in Texas. After 44 years the cork had almost bled through and it broke upon opening. I decanted it and aerated it. Almost no sediment in the bottle. The wine was an amber color in the glass, again a hue I had never seen before. The initial nose was very acidic to me, I thought maybe it had gone bad. The first taste was alarming as I thought it had indeed gone bad, but the tannin was still very much alive on the finish. I left it for about an hour and upon revisiting I was surprised at how it had changed in the glass. this turned out to be very lovely wine, by no means worth the price it might have garnered in a retail setting, but still a very educational experience. All others who tasted it initially did not like it, preferring to drink wine not made for cellaring.




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