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  • Country ranking ?

    46
  • Producer ranking ?

    3
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now
  • Food Pairing

    Slow-braised beef

The Story

The 47 hectares which surround the Château, the heart of the estate, are called "l'Enclos". Only the grapes from these 47 ha make the "Grand Vin de Château Latour". The vines in this vineyard are very old, some of them being centenarian. This "Enclos" benefits from a very unique terroir that combines an optimized sub-soil nutrition for the vines, the Gironde river which tempers extreme weather conditions, and a typical Médoc climate, largely influenced by the Atlantic ocean, which allows the grapes to reach maturation under favourable conditions.

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Vintage 1928

1928 Château Latour (Pauillac)

The 1928 vintage was excellent for Latour. Weather conditions were encouraging during the whole summer. Big heatwave before and during the harvesting of the very sound and fully ripe grapes. At Latour they made 85 casks of wine. This was for a long time infamous for being an overly tannic wine. However it has mellowed marvellously now.

Excellent Château-bottling. Level was high-shoulder. Dark, deep red colour. On the nose wonderful aromas of blackcurrants, mint, black truffles, plums and mineral notes. Full-bodied with no hard edges. Still showing remarkable balance between layers of sweet fruit and the softened tannins. The intensity of fruit is remarkable. This is the one of the finest Latours ever, together with the 1929. Delicious to drink from now on through 2025.

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
2 432€ +20.9% 2 011€ -11.3% 2 266€ -10.9% 2 544€ -28.1% 3 540€ -30.9% 5 122€ +102.3% 2 532€ +105.9% 1 230€ +22.0% 1 008€ +106.6% 488€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

18 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Healthy

ending

Long, Flavorful and Lingering

flavors

Blackcurrant, Violet, Smoky, Mint, Plum and Truffles

nose

Intense, Refined, Complex and Pure

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Concentrated, Complex, Good texture, Mature, Full-bodied, Firm, Harmonious, Full, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

If there were a “king of the business” in 1928, it would have to be the 1928 Latour.  While the Latour was clearly the longest wine of the flight, it was also much more elegant than I remembered.  Of course, at this age, there is so much bottle variation, even within the realm of positive experiences, which this certainly was.  Its acidity really stood out, and this high-pitched Latour definitely hit a high note, just not as high as the Palmer (96).

  • 96p
I have tasted Latour 1928 5 times in the 1990´s, also quite a few times during 2000's and it has always been a first-class claret (all the bottles has scored 95-98 points). On the last occasion in 2016 it was still very vigorous and a lovely wine, maybe even better than ever before. Excellent looking bottle with top shoulder level. Decanted for tone hour. Very vigour and deep, bright color. Rich, ripe, even fresh and open nose with earthy and black fruit and truffle flavors. Well balanced as always, rich and full wine, which has been developing beautifully throughout the last 30 years, getting hold of even more intensity and complexity. It is now a multi dimensional, fat, thick, chocolaty wine with long, attractive, slightly tannic aftertaste. Generous and a mouthful of wine. 99 points
  • 99p

Good looking bottle, in an excellent condition and has bottom neck level. Colour is brownish and mature. On the nose it is complex, ripe and round, required a short 15 minutes to really open up, however 45 minutes in the wine decided to fall apart. The taste multi-dimensional, pure tertiary flavour, good texture structure and very mature. The finish is just never ended. So smooth. This wine is a masterpiece and a fine example of the great twin years. Drink up now. Unbelievebly fresh for its age, amongst our group that blind tasted the wine, we all thought the wine was from the 60's or so. Fasinating wine with beautiful history.

  • 97p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

1h

Inside Information

Purchased from the Nicolas cellars, this bottle of 1928 Latour was absolute perfection. The wine exhibited an astonishing bouquet of hickory wood, smoke, walnuts, and gobs of sweet black truffle and raspberry-scented fruit. Full-bodied, with layers of sweet, expansive fruit, with no hard edges, this large-scaled wine still possesses phenomenal flavor concentration, as well as marvelous aromatic and flavor dimension. One of the great wines of the century, it is a winemaking tour de force! It revealed little tannin and appeared completely mature. I found it to be in superb condition at 65-years of age, so who among us would argue that it will not last another 20-25 years?

 

Wine Advocate #95
Oct 1994
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 100 Drink: 1994 - 2019 $2977 (1500)
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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1928  ( Château Latour )

If there were a “king of the business” in 1928, it would have to be the 1928 Latour.  While the Latour was clearly the longest wine of the flight, it was also much more elegant than I remembered.  Of course, at this age, there is so much bottle variation, even within the realm of positive experiences, which this certainly was.  Its acidity really stood out, and this high-pitched Latour definitely hit a high note, just not as high as the Palmer (96).

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98p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1928  ( Château Latour )

"It was heads and shoulders above the rest of the flight, earning win, place and show all by itself. It had huge t ‘n a with great definition and meaty, rich, brawny flavors. Walnut, mineral, earth, spice and tobacco complimented its so deep and so black fruit flavors, ones that would make the late, great James Brown proud. Bipin found it ‘perfect’ and summed up this great flight as having ‘all textbook examples"

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99p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1928  ( Château Latour )

"I have tasted Latour 1928 5 times in the 1990´s, also quite a few times during 2000's and it has always been a first-class claret (all the bottles has scored 95-98 points). On the last occasion in 2016 it was still very vigorous and a lovely wine, maybe even better than ever before.
Excellent looking bottle with top shoulder level. Decanted for tone hour. Very vigour and deep, bright color. Rich, ripe, even fresh and open nose with earthy and black fruit and truffle flavors. Well balanced as always, rich and full wine, which has been developing beautifully throughout the last 30 years, getting hold of even more intensity and complexity. It is now a multi dimensional, fat, thick, chocolaty wine with long, attractive, slightly tannic aftertaste. Generous and a mouthful of wine. 99 points"

1y 7m ago

98p
 Luciano Cesare, Wine Dealer (Italy)  tasted  Château Latour 1928  ( Château Latour )

"1928 was one of the very greatest vintages ever. The wines showed an intense concentration of fruit from the start, but also masses of hard tannins. Rarely pleasing and charming, but, like the 1945s, with great concentration of fruit behind the tannins. They still need some decanting-time to open up. "

2y 18d ago

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