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  • Country ranking ?

    656
  • Producer ranking ?

    13
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Loin with Carrot Risotto

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world.

Château Latour 1990 was the Wine of the Year in 1993

Like a Michelangelo; everything is in perfect proportion. Has an amazing amount of violets, new wood and fruit on the nose and palate and a superb concentration of silky tannins. The wine of the vintage, and the best from this estate since the legendary 1961. Best after 2000. —JS  100 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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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
698€ +15.6% 604€ -13.6% 699€ +6.4% 657€ -6.3% 701€ -13.6% 811€ +15.5% 702€ +82.3% 385€ +58.4% 243€ +56.8% 155€

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.

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Endless and Spicy

flavors

Blackberry, Cedar, Blackcurrant, Licorice, Cherry and Violet

nose

Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

Low in Acidity, Warming, Low tannin, Complex, Balanced, Well-structured, Youthful, Full-bodied, Firm, Ripe and Elegant

Verdict

Outstanding and Excellent

Written Notes

The 1990 Latour and 1982 Margaux were two of my wines of the night. I have always loved the openness and sweet, giving personality of the ’90 Latour, which is atypically not brooding. This penguin left the glacier a long time ago, but the ’90 shows no sign of early advancement either. It is just one of those wines that has always been delicious, as long as I can remember. The Margaux has always been underrated and overlooked when it comes to 1982. This bottle reaffirmed its status amongst the elite wines of the vintage. The last major retrospective of 1982s that I did, which was in 2007 and blind with twenty other tasters, had Margaux emerge on top, for those of you that forgot or weren’t around then.

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Tasted in May 2013. This wine showed perfectly ripe fruit, truffles, incredibly concentrated, very strong structure, sophisticated, extremely long on the palate. Riveting elegance and finesse.

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Ruby. Cassis, leather, tobacco, intense and tight nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, intense, detailed, rich, fruity, layered, nuanced, superb balance, very long. 97
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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Latour 1990  ( Château Latour )

Tasted in May 2013. This wine showed perfectly ripe fruit, truffles, incredibly concentrated, very strong structure, sophisticated, extremely long on the palate. Riveting elegance and finesse.

8m 9d ago

96p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Latour 1990  ( Château Latour )

This wine showed perfectly ripe fruit, truffles, incredibly concentrated, very strong structure, sophisticated, extremely long on the palate. Riveting elegance and finesse.

8m 16d ago

97p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1990  ( Château Latour )

The 1990 Latour and 1982 Margaux were two of my wines of the night. I have always loved the openness and sweet, giving personality of the ’90 Latour, which is atypically not brooding. This penguin left the glacier a long time ago, but the ’90 shows no sign of early advancement either. It is just one of those wines that has always been delicious, as long as I can remember. The Margaux has always been underrated and overlooked when it comes to 1982. This bottle reaffirmed its status amongst the elite wines of the vintage. The last major retrospective of 1982s that I did, which was in 2007 and blind with twenty other tasters, had Margaux emerge on top, for those of you that forgot or weren’t around then.

11m 25d ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1990  ( Château Latour )

" I had actually been fed three shots from three different bottles earlier, served to me by Robin Kelley O.Connor of the Bordeaux Wine Bureau on my way to the men.s room, and it was interesting to see subtle bottle variation even from the same case. There may have been variation, very slight, but there was no doubting the quality of this case overall. So many of the great Bordeaux have been traded so frequently that bottle variation is an issue, even for wines from 1982 or 1990. You know who may be even guiltier than retailers or customers taking shipping or storage for granted? The answer is ignorant wholesalers that did not even have temperature-controlled storage in the 1970s and 1980s; you would be surprised to find out how many did NOT until as late as the 1990s. Anyway, enough of that rant. The 1990 Latour had a deep and rich nose with beautiful cedar aromas. The wine was fragrant and perfumed with a touch of benevolent green. It was long, pure, rich and classy, although the always controversial and opinionated .Big Boy. RR thought that .all 1990s are in a shell right now. and that .the 1996 blows away the 1990.. The Latour was the wine of the night for me, and it will have a long future ahead of it "

1y 5m ago

97p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 1990  ( Château Latour )

"Ruby. Cassis, leather, tobacco, intense and tight nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, intense, detailed, rich, fruity, layered, nuanced, superb balance, very long. 97"

1y 7m ago

98p
 Alper Alpaslan, Pro (Germany)  tasted  Château Latour 1990  ( Château Latour )

"8 Great Bordeaux

1.Flight Latour 1990 MG vs Lynch Bages 1989 MG
2 Flight La Mission Haut Brion 1989 vs Haut Brion 1989
3.Flight Mouton 1982 vs Latour 1982 MG
4 Flight Mouton 1986 vs Lafite 1986

Opened yesterday, Still a lot of Cassis, forest strawberries, ripe blueberries, great acidity structure, feels still very young, but a hint riper than the Lynch Bages, not so powerful than get used from Latour, a not totally perfect balanced giant"

1y 8m ago

96p
 Ronan Sayburn MS , Sommelier (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Latour 1990  ( Château Latour )

"Starting to develop a brown aged rim, open earthy, full tobacco and cedar wood cigar box aromas mixed with leather and dark dried fruits, plums, damsons and cherries, minerally and lean acidity, full palate – still young, but with elegant and silky tannins, great balance, will last 30+ years."

2y 6m ago

94p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 1990  ( Château Latour )

"Ruby, garnet rim. Coffee, leather, tobacco, cassis, red plums, quite inence. Fresh and elegant acidity, great balance, very complex, a wall of ripe tannins, almost like snow falling, exceptionally clean fruit, pure and elegant, very long finish. Keep many years still. "

4y 5m ago

93p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1990  ( Château Latour )

"Intense, ruby colour.rich, chocolatey nose with mocha. Medium-bodied, energetic and firm palate, supple tannins and upfronted black fruit. Powerful.

Decant for 5 hours. Ready to open 2020, but will reach its peak in 2030-2040."

4y 7m ago

95p
 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Château Latour 1990  ( Château Latour )

"Château Latour 1990

Open and maturing nose with dark cherry and cassis fruit, mushrooms, truffle, gravel dust, leather, raw meat and a perfumed rose like floral note around hints of herbs and mint.

Full bodied and very powerful palate with a sweet core of dark cherry and cassis fruit, mint, leather, vanilla and mushrooms. Silky sweet tannins. Superbly balanced albeit in a big style. Very long but still far to young.
Drink 2018-2040
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