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  • Country ranking ?

    328
  • Producer ranking ?

    9
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Beef Wellington served with a rich mushroom sauce

On each of the previous occasions I have had this wine it has flirted with perfection.

This bottle was again a riveting, opulently-textured drinking experience. Its spectacularly perfumed bouquet consists of truffles, black tea, soy, minerals, and copious sweet prune, coffee-infused, black currant fruit. Sweet on the attack, with a rare opulence, a voluptuous texture, full body, terrific freshness, and a chewy, fleshy, succulent finish, this has always been great stuff. This bottle was no exception. It has been fully mature for 25-30 years, but well-stored or larger format bottlings will last another two decades.

Parker 98 points 

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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 1949

This was also a year of climatic accidents. An exceptional drought paralyzed the development of the grapes, drying out the lower leaves on the vine, leaving us with a very small crop. The grapes produced a kind of concentrated juice which simultaneously displayed very average degrees and a very intense taste. Highly colored wines from difficult vinification.

It may not have the unctuousness of 1945 but it has an exceptional bouquet and a rare intensity of taste. The wine has kept its class, elegance and a sweet concentration.


The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving
The wine has now been at its optimum for some time, and should be drunk within the next 5 years.
Keep the bottle vertical at least half a day to settle the sediments at the bottom of the bottle. Then slowly pour the wine into a decanter in order to get rid of these sediments, keep in the decanter for 1/2 hour for aeration and serve.
 

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
2 690€ +23.5% 2 179€ -2.9% 2 245€ +3.7% 2 165€ -16.2% 2 584€ -8.1% 2 811€ +59.2% 1 766€ +45.6% 1 213€ +70.6% 711€ +56.3% 455€

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

15 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full and Brick red

ending

Long and Smooth

flavors

Leather and Tobacco

nose

Intense and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-structured, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Rich, Elegant, Harmonious and Sweet

Written Notes

The second wine of this blind flight was a touch weird at first, possessing banana peel and coffee grinds in its nose. A touch of cinnamon freshened up the back alley action that was trying to work itself out. The palate of this 1949 Latour was quite pleasant, solid but again a step short of greatness. Frederic found it ‘a little mushroomy.’ We later found out that the ’49 and ’50 that followed were both recorked in 1992 or 1993, although Latour doesn’t indicate that on the cork. On average, they sacrifice one bottle for every two cases when they recondition (94).
  • 94p
Latour 1949/ Fine looking bottle, level was high-shoulder. Decanted 2 hours. Very good, dark and deep colour. Still complex and rich on the nose. Full and masculine wine that has a more sex appeal than Lafite. Has a great concentration of sweet fruit, leather and tobacco. The delicious flavours are enhanced by attractive layers on the complex mid-palate. Rich and elegant Latour with great intensity and balance. Superb long, smooth and enduring finish and as always it showed no sign of getting tired and needs another decade to hit its peak. A great bottle!
  • 96p

Another magical wine that kept blossoming and revealing additional strata of appeal. Strawberries and currants, a touch of mint and custard almost on the effulgent nose. It opened as if it had an identity crisis between Burgundian allure and Bordeaux expressiveness, and then it slowly integrated, with mocha, red currants and that unmistakable Latour intensity becoming so seductively strident. The fruit laced minerality holds court on a beautiful, intense finish that seems to be adding notches of complexity as this wine continues to unpack its astonishing potential. Smooth, satiny, powerful and elegant all so alluringly at once. 98 Points

  • 98p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

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Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

16

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1949  ( Château Latour )

Another magical wine that kept blossoming and revealing additional strata of appeal. Strawberries and currants, a touch of mint and custard almost on the effulgent nose. It opened as if it had an identity crisis between Burgundian allure and Bordeaux expressiveness, and then it slowly integrated, with mocha, red currants and that unmistakable Latour intensity becoming so seductively strident. The fruit laced minerality holds court on a beautiful, intense finish that seems to be adding notches of complexity as this wine continues to unpack its astonishing potential. Smooth, satiny, powerful and elegant all so alluringly at once. 98 Points

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1949  ( Château Latour )

"Truffles, black tea, soy, prune and black currants on the nose. Initially harder to focus on as it seems more linear, but then as you plow deeper, its gifts are evident. There is that underlying Latour salinity, still atypically a tad sweet as it unfurls its sails, there is a majestic sumptuousness at the mid palate that is remarkable, it is a wine with considerable evolution still further ahead, but already here succulent, fresh, with an underlying beautifully restrained opulence. There are mushrooms and mature ripe fruit on the precise, focused, exquisite finish that washes over the palate with great elegance and nuance. 97 Points+"

2y 15d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1949  ( Château Latour )

"The second wine of this blind flight was a touch weird at first, possessing banana peel and coffee grinds in its nose. A touch of cinnamon freshened up the back alley action that was trying to work itself out. The palate of this 1949 Latour was quite pleasant, solid but again a step short of greatness. Frederic found it ‘a little mushroomy.’ We later found out that the ’49 and ’50 that followed were both recorked in 1992 or 1993, although Latour doesn’t indicate that on the cork. On average, they sacrifice one bottle for every two cases when they recondition (94)."

2y 4m ago

94p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1949  ( Château Latour )

"Medium intense to ruby colour. Complex nose with dark chocolate, leather, cacao. Medium bodied, vivid acidity, mouthdrying tannins, vivid acidity and long earthy finish.

Decant 30 minutes. Ready now, but will last another 20 years."

4y 7m ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1949  ( Château Latour )

"If the 1947 Latour were a husband, the 1949 Latour would be its wife. This was much more of an intellectual wine, not as obvious or open as many of the previous standouts. There were aromas of candle wax, cedar, citrus and some cobweb in the attic. The nose was more elegant and tangy, still long, but much more feminine. The palate was, of course, fresh, thicker than I expected, but also more on the citrusy side. Flavors of milk and forest floor signaled a different side of Latour, but despite its elegance, it stayed powerful and lingering on its finish. I noted that I wished I had the chance to get to know a full bottle of this wine over the course of an entire evening (96+)."

4y 9m ago

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1949  ( Château Latour )

"Latour 1949/ Fine looking bottle, level was high-shoulder. Decanted 2 hours. Very good, dark and deep colour. Still complex and rich on the nose. Full and masculine wine that has a more sex appeal than Lafite. Has a great concentration of sweet fruit, leather and tobacco. The delicious flavours are enhanced by attractive layers on the complex mid-palate. Rich and elegant Latour with great intensity and balance. Superb long, smooth and enduring finish and as always it showed no sign of getting tired and needs another decade to hit its peak. A great bottle!"

4y 10m ago

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Latour 1949  ( Château Latour )

"Gorgeour 1959 La Mission Haut-Brion. First, I would like to correct a common misconception: Château La Mission Haut-Brion is not now, nor has it ever been, the number two wine from Château Haut-Brion; in fact, the two estates were never even under the same ownership until the Dillons acquired it in 1983.The 1959 is not far behind the 1961 in quality. It has provided enjoyment for a long time and will continue to do so for a good many years."

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