1982 Latour, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 100
  • WS 98
  • JS 98
  • JR 98
  • IWC 97

$1,800.00

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2009
Always somewhat atypical (which I suspect will be the case with the more modern day 2003) the 1982 Latour has been the most opulent flamboyant and precocious of the northern Medocs especially the St.-Juliens Pauillacs and... Always somewhat atypical (which I suspect will be the case with the more modern day 2003) the 1982 Latour has been the most opulent flamboyant and precocious of the northern Medocs especially the St.-Juliens Pauillacs and St.-Estephes. It hasn't changed much over the last 10-15 years revealing sweet tannins as well as extraordinarily decadent even extravagant levels of fruit glycerin and body. It is an amazing wine and on several occasions I have actually picked it as a right bank Pomerol because of the lushness and succulence of the cedary blackberry black currant fruit. This vintage has always tasted great even in its youth and revealed a precociousness that one does not associate with this Chateau. However the 1982 is still evolving at a glacial pace. The concentration remains remarkable and the wine is a full-bodied exuberant rich classic Pauillac in its aromatic and flavor profiles. It's just juiced up (similar to an athlete on steroids) and is all the better for it. This remarkable effort will last as long as the 1982 Mouton but it has always been more approachable and decadently fruity. Drink it now in 20 years and in 50 years! Don't miss it if you are a wine lover.
WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2001
Big and chewy. Full-bodied with velvety tannins and a long long currant berry and cherry character. Underrated. Still more to come in this wine.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. -JS
JS 98
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, November 2010
This shows wonderful decadence with meaty, dark chocolate and ripe plums on the nose that follows through on the palate. It's full bodied, with super silky tannins that caress your palate. The fruit in the wine changes to... This shows wonderful decadence with meaty, dark chocolate and ripe plums on the nose that follows through on the palate. It's full bodied, with super silky tannins that caress your palate. The fruit in the wine changes to a spicy, stony undertone. It seems to evolve all the time in the glass. This has a long life to it. But why wait? So delicious.
JR 98
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, November 2013
Magnum. What a treat to compare this with Lafite 1982. The Latour was stunning. Rich and dense and clearly with a glorious future. Gorgeous and with the same vitality as the Lafite 1982 in magnum but with much, much more... Magnum. What a treat to compare this with Lafite 1982. The Latour was stunning. Rich and dense and clearly with a glorious future. Gorgeous and with the same vitality as the Lafite 1982 in magnum but with much, much more potential. Wonderful with the main course at this Berry Bros dinner in aid of Room to Read. Long and glorious and it really opened out in the glass. A marvel. 19.5/20
IWC 97
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2002
Dark red with an amber rim. Liqueur-like aromas of plum roasted meat mocha tobacco truffle and burnished oak. Fat lush and smooth with explosive fruit and powerful underlying backbone. Massive but not at all heavy... Dark red with an amber rim. Liqueur-like aromas of plum roasted meat mocha tobacco truffle and burnished oak. Fat lush and smooth with explosive fruit and powerful underlying backbone. Massive but not at all heavy. Wonderfully tactile wine finishing with big chewy-but-ripe tannins and great persistence. (My second bottle showed even more class and delineation and rated 98.) Drink during your lifetime.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1982

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

Latour, Chateau

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.