I have been fortunate to drink the 1961 Latour on a handful of occasions over the years, and this has always been my favorite wine from the Left Bank in this glorious vintage. I have always found it a bit more elegant, but equally bottomless and powerful as the 1959, but the two wines are very close in quality. I have always dreamed of drinking the two side by side, just to see which I really preferred, but it has yet to happen and the years continue to roll by. The 1961 Latour is a brilliant wine that is at its absolute zenith of maturity today, soaring from the glass in a complex constellation of cassis, sweet dark berries, cigar ash, dark, gravelly soil tones, a hint of black truffle and a classic topnote of walnut. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and almost sappy at the core, with great soil signature, suave, moderate tannins and stunning focus and grip on the very, very long, very complex and vibrant finish. The balance here is simply impeccable, and though this wine is at its apogee, I can envision it cruising along out of the reach of time flown by for another century! Perfection. (Drink between 2013-2100)
As stunning and immortal as ever. Complex aromas of mint, plum, currants and dried dark fruits that turn to raisins and chocolate. Full and juicy with a finish that lasts for minutes. Perfect wine as always.
Port-like, with an unctuous texture, and a dark garnet color with considerable amber at the edge, the 1961 Latour possesses a viscosity and thickness. One of the three bottles served at the Chateau's tasting revealed a surprisingly aggressive, minty, herbaceous nose, but the other two bottles were liquid perfection, exhibiting fragrant, cedary, truffle, leather, mineral, and sweet, jammy aromatics, full-bodied, voluptuous textures, exquisite purity and concentration, and a layered, highly-nuanced finish that represents the essence of compellingly great wine. The 1961 has been fully mature for over 15 years, but it seems to get richer, holding onto its succulence and fat, and developing more aromatic nuances without losing any sweetness or concentration. An extraordinary wine, it is unquestionably one of the Bordeaux legends of the century! Anticipated maturity: now-2025. (RP)
The 1961 Latour poured at the vertical in Hong Kong is unquestionably one of the finest bottles that I have tasted. It has a breathtaking bouquet: fresh as morning dew and brilliantly delineated, intense black fruit whereby every atom is suffused with mineralité. It feels so youthful and vital. The nose is the apotheosis of Bordeaux being so aromatically regal and aristocratic. The palate is medium-bodied, with tannins sculpted by the finest chisel in the set: tightly wound black fruit, a perfect line of acidity and a breathtaking delineation, utterly harmonious and blessed with a persistent graphite-tinged finish that lasts over a minute. Majestic. Tasted at the Latour dinner in Hong Kong. (NM)
A blockbuster. Amazingly youthful, yet complex and complete on the palate. Aromas of mint, berries,currant and minerals follow through to a thick and caressing, full-bodied palate. Superlong and superripe. Got to love this. Will it age forever? (JS)
Full red, with a hint of amber; I've had bottles of this that are still ruby. Ineffable aromas of game, smoky oak, herbs and vanilla, with a distinctly wild quality. Extremely powerful and structured, with bracing acidity giving it great grip and buns of steel. Still very tight and young, but less thick than the last bottle I tasted of this wine, which I scored 100 points. Finishes very long and firm. This is one of the Bordeaux monuments of the century, along with wines like the '61 and '47 Latour a Pomerol and the '47 and '21 Cheval Blanc. Drink now to 2030. 95+ (ST)
Amazing deep crimson – quite staggering depth of colour. This particular bottle seemed even more youthful than either of those I have been lucky enough to taste so far this year. So thick and dense and concentrated, but unctuous too. Bone dry on the finish and more potential than actuality for the moment. I can hardly believe the drinking dates I am suggesting for this wine! 2016-2040. 19/20 points
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