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Pauillac First Growth, Chateau Latour 1990


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"Cellared in temperature controlled storage since release. In pristine condition. Neck fill. Final sale.

"This is one of my favorite wines ever. Full-bodied, with layers of silky fruit and masses of currant, mineral and berry character. Amazing. It's a wine with perfect structure, perfect strength. It's 1961 Latour in modern clothes. It's hard not to drink it now. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal. Best after 2008." 100/100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator

"Medium-deep red. Great vibrant nose of redcurrant, licorice, minerals and tobacco, along with a minty austerity. Thick and large-scaled, like an essence of Pauillac. Really explodes in the middle palate. Incredible unfolding peacock tail of a finish. A monumental, powerfully structured wine with great long-term aging potential. Drink 2008 through 2040." 98/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

"This is one of the more perplexing Latours to evaluate. It has plenty of sweetness as well as a gorgeous, rich fruitiness, but it lacks the firmness one finds in more recent great vintages such as 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008. There is plenty of sweet, ripe currant fruitiness, abundant glycerin, and full body, but I'm still waiting for that extra nuance of complexity to emerge. It's all there, but the wine still seems to be more monolithic than one would expect in a wine approaching 19 years of age. It is not the sure-fire winner I thought it was in its youth, but then again, I don't have any reason to doubt that more complexity will emerge. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035." 95+/100 Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate

"Over-shadows Lafite. A massive nose of pure ceder/Xmas cake. The palate is powerful but balanced--dense fruits notes of leather and some spice. Very complex--a huge brilliant Latour. Modern day 1959. 30yrs+ but approachable now (unlike 1988)." 24/25 Neal Martin, Wine Pages