1998 Latour, Chateau Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • JR 95
  • IWC 91
  • WA 90
  • WS 90

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JR 95
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, April 2008
Minerals and savour and sappiness. Certainly nothing as simple as fruit! Although in this vintage Latour does not outshine the others as obviously as in some more recent years. Really sappy perfume. Great rich spread... Minerals and savour and sappiness. Certainly nothing as simple as fruit! Although in this vintage Latour does not outshine the others as obviously as in some more recent years. Really sappy perfume. Great rich spread across the palate is impressive. Density and energy. Dry finish. Good lift. Suitably dense and very mineral. But polished too. 18.5/20
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2001
Red-ruby. Deep aromas of cassis licorice and lead pencil. Deeper than Les Forts but currently rather mute in the middle. Strongly minerally. Offers classic Latour structure and spine. Finishes with sneaky subtle... Red-ruby. Deep aromas of cassis licorice and lead pencil. Deeper than Les Forts but currently rather mute in the middle. Strongly minerally. Offers classic Latour structure and spine. Finishes with sneaky subtle persistence. 91(+?) points
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2001
Not a blockbuster the 1998 possesses a dark garnet/purple color in addition to a complex bouquet of underbrush cedar walnuts and licorice-tinged black currants. Although medium to full-bodied and moderately tannic it... Not a blockbuster the 1998 possesses a dark garnet/purple color in addition to a complex bouquet of underbrush cedar walnuts and licorice-tinged black currants. Although medium to full-bodied and moderately tannic it lacks the expansiveness in the mid-palate necessary to be truly great. Moreover the tannin is slightly aggressive although that is hardly unusual in such a young Latour. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030.
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2009
Plenty of raspberry dark chocolate and mint on the nose. Full-bodied with licorice and sweet tobacco character and a cedar undertone. Outstanding. Pop the cork.-'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now... Plenty of raspberry dark chocolate and mint on the nose. Full-bodied with licorice and sweet tobacco character and a cedar undertone. Outstanding. Pop the cork.-'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now. 19165 cases made. -JS
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1998

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.