This is so decadent and exciting on the nose, with very ripe fruit, tobacco, meat and cedar. Full-bodied, offering amazing raspberry fruit in the core of the palate. Ultrapolished, velvety tannins wonderfully coat every inch of your palate. This will age for years ahead, but it's so lovely now. Much better than many people think. (JS, Web Only-2010)
The 1989 Latour conveys the warmth of the growing season with scents of warm gravel and wild herbs infusing the soft, perhaps slightly muffled black fruit. There is a touch of brettanomyces here although it is less conspicuous than the 1990 Latour. The palate has thickset, quite firm tannin that lend this Latour presence and power. What it lacks compared to recent vintages is refinement and detail. That said, it builds nicely towards the soft (for Latour), pencil lead and undergrowth driven finish. Not bad at all, although I suspect a far superior wine would be made under the present regime. Tasted at the International Business & Wine Latour dinner at Ten Trinity. (NM)
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