Latour Double Magnum

1999 Latour Double Magnum Latour

  • Classification:
    1st Growth
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  • Grape Type:
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
  • Packaging:
    OWC x 1
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Wine Critics Notes:

Vinous - Score: 92 (2019 September)

The 1999 Latour is a vintage that I have not encountered for four or five years. It has a pH of 3.80 and a yield of 38hl/ha, representing 58% of the total crop. Interestingly, this includes 14% vin de presse compared to the 9 to 10% used nowadays. It has a classic Latour bouquet of blackberry, pencil box and undergrowth aromas, quite strict and conservative in style, and fairly intense but not firing on all cylinders; orange zest aromas evolve gradually. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and nicely detailed, offering blackberry, black truffle, pencil shavings and a touch of spice toward the finish, which shows more grip and density than the 1989 Latour tasted alongside, probably because of that pressed wine. This is beginning to reach its drinking plateau, although judging by this showing it will give another two decades of drinking pleasure.