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  • Country ranking ?

    71
  • Producer ranking ?

    9
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now
  • Food Pairing

    Slow-braised beef

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The Story

The chateau makes three different wines. The so-called grand vin, that is Château Latour itself, a second wine called Les Forts de Latour and a third wine simply called Pauillac. The grand vin comes from the original part of the vineyards, called the Enclos. This is the most prestigious part of the vineyard where the vines have a fine view of the Gironde estuary. The tradition in Bordeaux says that vines that overlook the water make the best wine. The proximity to the estuary actually gives a slightly higher temperature, helping the grapes to good maturity. The Enclos is around 45 hectares out of a total of 88 for the whole estate.

The grape varieties are 75 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 % Merlot, 1 % Cabernet Franc and 1 % of Petit Verdot. The planting density is high, 10,000 vines per hectare. Every year the chateau’s viticulturist replaces a certain number of dead vines. These young vines are marked and treated separately. They are harvested separately and they are not used in the grand vin until they are at least 10 years old.

The Enclos is under conversion to organic farming since 2015. It takes three years to be certified so it means that we will see the first organic Château Latour in 2018. Only copper and sulfur, mixed with different plant infusions, are used to fight diseases in the vineyard. Instead of insecticides they use sexual confusion. Only organic fertilizers are used when needed and no herbicides.

The barrel aging starts in December. Château Latour is put in 100 % new oak from the Allier and Nièvre forest in the central part of France. The chateau works with 11 different coopers. This is important to the winemaker as the coopers all have different styles.

 

The wine spends six months in the first year cellar where it will also undergo the malolactic fermentation. The barrels are tasted regularly and the winemaker decides the blend for the grand vin, the second wine and the third wine. He decides if the press wine should be included or not. The wine is then moved to the huge and magnificent second-year cellar where it will spend 10-13 months, so in total around 22 months of aging before it is bottled. 2014 was bottled in June this year. During the barrel aging the wine is racked and topped up regularly, every 3 months. At the end, the wine is fined traditionally with egg whites, 5-6 whites per barrel.

Château Latour is often a textbook example of a Cabernet Sauvignon. No wonder, as often almost 90 % of the wine is made from this grape. It is a powerful wine in its youth, with aromas of cedar wood and black fruit, made even more powerful with the aging in 100 % new oak barrels. It is packed with fruit and tannins and it stays young for at least 10 years. This is a wine you really should wait for, say 10-15 year or longer. It needs time to show what it is capable of.

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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

2022 2020 2018 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
2 659€ -7.4% 2 870€ +8.3% 2 650€ +9.0% 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

22 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Healthy

ending

Long, Flavorful and Lingering

flavors

Blackcurrant, Voluptuous, 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
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.
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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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