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  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

This charming château, embellished by a small tower, is located close to the church in the village of Pomerol. Acquired in 1917 by Mrs. Loubat, the then famous proprietor of PETRUS, the vineyard was owned by her niece, Mrs. Lacoste, for 40 years before she donated it to the Fondation de Foyers de Charité de Châteauneuf de Galaure in 2002.
The vineyard, with an average age of 35 years, is characterised by its soil diversity: rather loamy soil around the château itself and more gravelly and clayey on the best blocks near the church.
Farming the property since 1962, Ets. Jean-Pierre MOUEIX brings the usual care and expertise to the vineyard - entirely replanted after the 1956 frost - and to the cellar. After a gentle fermentation in concrete tanks, the young wine is aged in 33% new oak barrels. Between elegance, power and smoothness, the wines of Château LATOUR show a perfect balance.


Production : approximately 30,000 bottle
Planted acreage : 20 acres
Grape varieties : 90% Merlot - 10% Cabernet Franc
Type of soil : 2/3 gravel with clay - 1/3 clay loam

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Next up was a 1921 Latour a Pomerol. Old Pomerols are one of the most counterfeited segments of wine, so much so that even the real ones are assumed by most to be fake. When it comes to 1920s and Pomerols, there is only one reference point that I have, and those are Nicolas bottles. Nicolas reconditioned and/or recorked its stock repeatedly over the years, and did it well, so their stock always has that ‘o so fresh’ feeling relative to many other bottles of a same age. The ‘Nicolas Reserve’ bottles are supposedly the ones that were only recorked, usually indicated by a small neck strip label. I have had this wine twice before, and it was consistent with those experiences. It would be easy to say that the wine was fake, especially without knowing or having tasted these before; it was unquestionably reconditioned but similar to many old Pomerols that I have had from multiple cellars. That super-concentrated, Pomerol, motor oil sex appeal is very difficult to replicate…although that might be a poor word choice! The wine was like chocolate thunder, and visions of Daryl Dawkins dunking on me caused a small bead of sweat to trickle down the side of my forehead. Gil admired its ‘liqueur and cherries jubilee.’ It had a smoky, big palate, chocolate tootsie pop flavors (which is a tell-tale for Nicolas Pomerols). It was a bit simpler and softer in the mouth than I had hoped, but it did show that full-maturity integration. It was still lush, tender, silky and velvety. Based upon all my reference of numerous ‘20's Bordeaux - original, reconditioned, recorked - this wine had classic components of both the vintage of 1921 and the terroir of Pomerol
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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Latour-à-Pomerol 1921  ( Château Latour-à-Pomerol )

"Next up was a 1921 Latour a Pomerol. Old Pomerols are one of the most counterfeited segments of wine, so much so that even the real ones are assumed by most to be fake. When it comes to 1920s and Pomerols, there is only one reference point that I have, and those are Nicolas bottles. Nicolas reconditioned and/or recorked its stock repeatedly over the years, and did it well, so their stock always has that ‘o so fresh’ feeling relative to many other bottles of a same age. The ‘Nicolas Reserve’ bottles are supposedly the ones that were only recorked, usually indicated by a small neck strip label. I have had this wine twice before, and it was consistent with those experiences. It would be easy to say that the wine was fake, especially without knowing or having tasted these before; it was unquestionably reconditioned but similar to many old Pomerols that I have had from multiple cellars. That super-concentrated, Pomerol, motor oil sex appeal is very difficult to replicate…although that might be a poor word choice! The wine was like chocolate thunder, and visions of Daryl Dawkins dunking on me caused a small bead of sweat to trickle down the side of my forehead. Gil admired its ‘liqueur and cherries jubilee.’ It had a smoky, big palate, chocolate tootsie pop flavors (which is a tell-tale for Nicolas Pomerols). It was a bit simpler and softer in the mouth than I had hoped, but it did show that full-maturity integration. It was still lush, tender, silky and velvety. Based upon all my reference of numerous ‘20's Bordeaux - original, reconditioned, recorked - this wine had classic components of both the vintage of 1921 and the terroir of Pomerol"

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Latour-à-Pomerol 1921  ( Château Latour-à-Pomerol )

"Keep in mind that all of the wines’ identities were revealed after the entire flight was tasted and discussed, so it was not obvious at the time of note-taking that it was a Latour a Pomerol flight. ‘Left Bank for sure,’ an anonymous taster decided about our third wine here :). It was very spiny and gamy at first with a touch of hay/compost action, in a good way if that is possible. There was a bit of windex here, aka reconditioning gone wild. However, that blew off with air as it usually does. The wine was incredibly rich, concentrated and long in the mouth revealing citrus and polished cedar flavors. More animal came out, and it maintained its vigor, gaining and expressing in the glass. "

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