1988 Latour, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
  • WS 96
  • WA 91

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WS 96
Wine Spectator, January 2009
So minty with loads of subtle ripe fruit and eucalyptus undertones. Full-bodied with ultrafine tannins and a long long finish. Caresses every inch of the palate. It's the quality of the tannins that's impressive here... So minty with loads of subtle ripe fruit and eucalyptus undertones. Full-bodied with ultrafine tannins and a long long finish. Caresses every inch of the palate. It's the quality of the tannins that's impressive here. What a great and beautiful wine. Should improve for many years to come.-'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now. -JS
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2000
The best showing yet for a wine from this under-rated vintage the dark garnet-colored 1988 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. A bouquet of melted tar plums black currants cedar and underbrush is followed by a sweet... The best showing yet for a wine from this under-rated vintage the dark garnet-colored 1988 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. A bouquet of melted tar plums black currants cedar and underbrush is followed by a sweet entry with medium to full body excellent ripeness and mature tannin. It is a classic elegant Latour with more meaty vegetable-like flavors than are found in a riper year such as 1989 and 1990. The 1988 has just begun to enter its plateau of maturity where it should remain for 25 years. Anticipated maturity: now-2025</P>
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1988

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.