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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Stew with Root Vegetables

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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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2011 2010 2005 2000
439€ +19.0% 369€ -14.6% 432€ +2.6% 421€ -3.7% 437€ +29.3% 338€ +73.3% 195€ +35.4% 144€

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

17 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full and Purple

ending

Long

flavors

Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Cedar and Cigar-box

nose

Seductive, Closed and Youthful

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Complex, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Firm and Ripe

Written Notes

Quite intense, purple colour. Very dense and closed nose with some reductive aromas. After breathing in the glass wine starts open slowly. Complex and intense ripe nose with dark fruits – blackberries, black currants, cedar and cigar. Rich medium-bodied palate stands out as extremely firm structured. Moderately high acidity, firm tannins and intense ripe but elegant dark fruit. The powerful long finish with black olive flavours. Surprisingly youthful elegant for the super ripe vintage! Will benefit for further ageing at least for a decade more likely two.
  • 94p

The table was split here. Many found this amiable but not as attractive as the ’96. Neal Martin suggested it was a pleasure to drink, but didn’t display the same Latour typicity to the extent the earlier wines had. Possibly not, and Frederic Engerer explained some of the choices that had been made, and why he feels it under delivered compared to what it could have been. Accepting all that, I found it delightful as did a number of others, as have still others including eminent tasters and critics in the US of late. If not ‘typical’ Latour it is still alive with elements of Latour allure. Dark fruit, cassis and spices on the nose. As it opens, it shows a lovely medley of tobacco, cassis, dark berries, and a subtle hint of mint. The once tangy acids are now lapping more gently, the tannins are now cosseting, the sweet plums at the mid palate give the wine a lovely, rounded, sensual appeal, but with enough of the Latour backbone to offer attractive delineation. Some plums and violets emerge next, and it concludes with amiable ebullience if not stirring depth. 94 Points+

  • 94p
"A charming Latour, quite sappy and sweet yet with a good backbone. Sweet tannins, slightly overripe cassis. really nice."
  • 95p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

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94p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1989  ( Château Latour )

The table was split here. Many found this amiable but not as attractive as the ’96. Neal Martin suggested it was a pleasure to drink, but didn’t display the same Latour typicity to the extent the earlier wines had. Possibly not, and Frederic Engerer explained some of the choices that had been made, and why he feels it under delivered compared to what it could have been. Accepting all that, I found it delightful as did a number of others, as have still others including eminent tasters and critics in the US of late. If not ‘typical’ Latour it is still alive with elements of Latour allure. Dark fruit, cassis and spices on the nose. As it opens, it shows a lovely medley of tobacco, cassis, dark berries, and a subtle hint of mint. The once tangy acids are now lapping more gently, the tannins are now cosseting, the sweet plums at the mid palate give the wine a lovely, rounded, sensual appeal, but with enough of the Latour backbone to offer attractive delineation. Some plums and violets emerge next, and it concludes with amiable ebullience if not stirring depth. 94 Points+

1m 7d ago

94p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1989  ( Château Latour )

"Quite intense, purple colour. Very dense and closed nose with some reductive aromas. After breathing in the glass wine starts open slowly. Complex and intense ripe nose with dark fruits – blackberries, black currants, cedar and cigar. Rich medium-bodied palate stands out as extremely firm structured. Moderately high acidity, firm tannins and intense ripe but elegant dark fruit. The powerful long finish with black olive flavours. Surprisingly youthful elegant for the super ripe vintage! Will benefit for further ageing at least for a decade more likely two."

1y 7m ago

95p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Latour 1989  ( Château Latour )

""A charming Latour, quite sappy and sweet yet with a good backbone. Sweet tannins, slightly overripe cassis. really nice.""

2y 5m ago

93p
 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Château Latour 1989  ( Château Latour )

"Chateau Latour 1989

Open and exotic nose with sweet, very ripe fruit, cassis, mint, mushrooms, soy, espresso, burnt wood and chocolate.

Pure ripe fruit on the palate that is elegant and focused with a sweet touch. Espresso, soy and min join on the smooth mid-palate but doesn’t really add enough complexity for the real wow factor. The dark alluring feeling is interesting and is perhaps an indication that there is more to find with additional aging. Exotic and sweet today and very drinkable.
Now-2023
93p "

4y 3m ago

98p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 1989  ( Château Latour )

"Late bottle release, from the Latour cellar in 2005. Ruby, outstanding nose, starting to show some development on the nose, a great Pauillac on the elegant side, both for the vintage and for Latour, elegant and truly refined. Superb balance, beautiful acidity, ripe tannins, perfect texture, immensely long, minutes of aftertaste. "

4y 4m ago

98p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 1989  ( Château Latour )

"Yet another late cellar release 2005 bottle. Ruby, thin brick rim, intense, maturing nose, superb complexity, layered. Stunning texture, beautiful acidity, high of ripe tannins, balanced, powerful, very long. "

4y 4m ago

98p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 1989  ( Château Latour )

"And one more late cellar release (2005) bottle. More full bodied Pauillac than the last bottle, exceptional complexity, layered and refined, just starting to show its real potential, superb texture and structure, fresh aciditym ripe tannins, balanced, nuanced and extremely long. "

4y 4m ago

92p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1989  ( Château Latour )

"Medium intense, ruby colour. Pronounced, classic cassis nose with floral tones and pencil shave some floral tones. Medium-bodied, vivid acidiry, supple yet firm tannins, long finish with black fruits.

Decant for 4 hours. Ready but will improve by 2040."

4y 6m ago

91p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1989  ( Château Latour )

"Quite intense, purple colour. Very dense and closed nose with some reductive aromas. After breathing in the glass wine starts open slowly. Complex and intense ripe nose with dark fruits – blackberries, black currants, cedar and cigar. Rich medium-bodied palate stands out as extremely firm structured. Moderately high acidity, firm tannins and intense ripe but elegant dark fruit. The powerful long finish with black olive flavours. Surprisingly youthful elegant for the super ripe vintage! Will benefit for further ageing at least for a decade more likely two."

4y 9m ago

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