Tasted at dinner at Domaine de Chevalier. The Latour ’70 can be such a variable beast. This is certainly one of the better, more representative bottles. Deep garnet in colour, nice limpidity in the glass. It has a beautiful nose that to be honest, sweeps aside the respectable Domaine de Chevalier ’70 poured alongside, like a lord dismissing his servant with a swish of his hand. Graphite, wild black fruit, freshly rolled tobacco and a faint hint of truffle. The palate is medium-bodied and after forty years, still quite austere but the balance is nailed. Masculine and foursquare, a Latour with a lot of horsepower…but not necessarily revving in top gear…at least not after four decades. Lovely cedar and mint on the long, long finish. Wonderful...(NM)
Soft, round and wonderful with currants, licorice and delicate berries with a stony, wet earth undertone. Full and velvety texture.
Elegant and gorgeous... Ruby red color with an amber edge. Lovely aromas of plum, berry and mint. Full-bodied, with currant, dried herb character. Medium finish. (JS)
Full medium-deep red. Medicinal, austere nose of plum and chocolate; slightly off wood note. Fat and plump, but the fruit is somewhat suppressed and the finish somewhat dried by the off nose. Still a very satisfying drink, but not up to typical bottles of this outstanding wine.
Very deep red; huge chunky dense nose; rich, very tannic, great depth, tremendous concentration, still needs time powerful but beautifully structured, magnificent, will age and probably improve for decades, a great Latour; very good length.
Very deep crimson. A very big-boned wine of great density. Some very strong menthol character with a touch of liquorice too and pretty dry on the finish. This seems to have taken on flesh since its rather austere youth and was even rather charming - in a distinctly 'masculine' way. No hurry to drink this. 19.5/20 points. Drink to 2040.
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