1970 Chateau Latour Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JR 98
  • JS 94
  • VN 94
  • WS 91
  • VN 90

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JR 98
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, March 2011
Very deep crimson. A very big-boned wine of great density. Some very strong menthol character with a touch of liquorice too and pretty dry on the finish. This seems to have taken on flesh since its rather austere youth... Very deep crimson. A very big-boned wine of great density. Some very strong menthol character with a touch of liquorice too and pretty dry on the finish. This seems to have taken on flesh since its rather austere youth and was even rather charming - in a distinctly 'masculine' way. No hurry to drink this. 19.5/20
JS 94
jamessuckling.com, March 2012
Soft, round and wonderful with currants, licorice and delicate berries with a stony, wet earth undertone. Full and velvety texture.
VN 94
Vinous, July 2018
The 1970 Latour must be one of the most unpreditacble vintages ever produced at the estate. It is prone to wild mood swings! This bottle has a deep colour, slightly turbid, with thin bricking on the rim. The bouquet is... The 1970 Latour must be one of the most unpreditacble vintages ever produced at the estate. It is prone to wild mood swings! This bottle has a deep colour, slightly turbid, with thin bricking on the rim. The bouquet is powerful, quite feral with maybe some VA, scents of sandalwood and Lapsong Souchang infusing the black fruit, becoming more gamey with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied but quite dense, not a Latour of finesse, but plenty of horsepower. It is almost like a vintage car, but the engine is too powerful. With slightly rough tannin on the finish, this masculine and broad-shouldered Latour is compelling, albeit not without fault. Tasted at a private dinner in London. -- Neal Martin
WS 91
Wine Spectator, August 2000
Elegant and gorgeous to drink now. Peaked. Ruby red color with an amber edge. Lovely aromas of plum berry and mint. Full-bodied with currant dried herb character. Medium finish.--Latour vertical. Drink now.-JS
VN 90
Vinous, August 2002
Full medium-deep red. Medicinal austere nose of plum and chocolate; slightly off wood note. Fat and plump but the fruit is somewhat suppressed and the finish somewhat dried by the off nose. Still a very satisfying drink... Full medium-deep red. Medicinal austere nose of plum and chocolate; slightly off wood note. Fat and plump but the fruit is somewhat suppressed and the finish somewhat dried by the off nose. Still a very satisfying drink but not up to typical bottles of this outstanding wine.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1970

Label

The wines of Chateau Latour need time to mature, generally at least ten or fifteen years, before they can be drunk. It is only then that the full complexity of the bouquet is expressed and the palate becomes sufficiently well integrated to be enjoyable and harmonious.

Winery

Chateau Latour

Chateau Latour, one of Bordeaux’s oldest and most famous wine producers, is a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It’s located in Pauillac near the border with Saint-Julien.

Vines have existed on the property since the 14th century, but Chateau Latour first began producing wines of great quality in the early eighteenth century. The estate gradually came to specialize in wine production, with 38 hectares of vines in 1759 and 47 hectares in 1794.

The vineyard currently has 78 hectares in production. The grapes from the 47 hectares surrounding the chateau, known as “L’Enclos”, are used in the production of the Grand Vin. The 30 hectares outside of the Enclos are used for the Forts de Latour and the Pauillac wines. The estate is planted with about 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot on gravelly hilltops and clay subsoil.