Tasted at the Latour-à-Pomerol vertical in London. The 1982 Latour-à-Pomerol has been a great wine for many years and this might well be the best that I have ever encountered. It has an exceptional bouquet that here is surprisingly youthful. It comes armed with black fruit, bay leaf, cedar and gravel, almost Left Bank in character. Further investigation yields an intriguing marine-like, seaweed scent that expands upon its engaging personality. The palate is medium-bodied with wonderful balance and fine tannin. It has melted a little since my last encounter, softened around the edges and yet there remains that core of intense black fruit and kirsch that will ensure that it continues to age for many years. The Moueix team made several immense wines in 1982 and this is one of them. Tasted December 2015. (NM)
It has been almost two years since I wrote my domaine profile of Château Latour à Pomerol and I have been fortunate to drink the 1982 vintage from this property on a couple more occasions since the historic vertical tasting I attended in early 2016 that formed the basis for my article. This is a great vintage for this historically underrated property, and the wine continues to just cruise along at its plateau of peak maturity. The bouquet is deep, complex and sappy, offering up notes of baked plums and black cherries, a touch of blood orange, cigar smoke, a touch of Pomerol herbs, chocolate, incipient nutskin and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely plush with the vintage’s generosity on the attack, with a superb core, ripe, melting tannins and excellent focus and grip on the long and complex finish. The wine is drinking very nicely indeed, but is still climbing and will show even more nuance with further bottle age. A lovely, lovely example of the vintage.
Saturated dark red. Liqueur-like aromas of red berries, rose petal, mocha, roast coffee and animal fur; really compelling retention of fruit. Thick and powerful but still rather backward, with an edge of acidity and a cool whiff of menthol adding to the impression of structure. Quite powerful on the back end. Can't match the greatest vintages of this wine for sheer otherworldly extract and concentration, but this is a superb vintage for Latour a Pomerol, probably the best since '61. 93+
A solid '82 Pomerol with good richness. Good deep-ruby, garnet color. Black olive, cherry, ripe fruit nose. Medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and a fresh fruit, tobacco and meat finish. Not as great as I remember, but an outstanding bottle all the same.--1982 Bordeaux horizontal.
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