Chateau Latour  1985 Front Label
Chateau Latour  1985 Front Label

Chateau Latour 1985

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Winemaker Notes

The wine is very well balanced, with notes of vanilla, caramel and red fruit. On the palate the wine is soft, elegant, full and concentrated, but with no harshness, enabling it to age harmoniously.

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WS 93
Wine Spectator
Rich and ripe wine. Dark red color with an amber edge. Loads of meat, berry and tobacco character on the nose. Very rich. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, ultraripe fruit finish. Still very fresh and young.
D 92
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At 35 years old this still tastes like a young wine, even with evident sweet oak notes that make you almost do a double-take and check the date on the label. It has a lot of upfront impact and an enjoyable density to the blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, but perhaps a little less nuanced than its Pauillac neighbours at this point, and a shorter palate overall. The tannic grip is still evident, and this feels very much anchored in Pauillac, with touches of liquorice and mint. No third wine at the time, meaning the selection was a little less strict than it would become a few years later. The final few years of a long-ago era at Latour, when the estate was headed up by Jean-Paul Gardère and Henri Martin, with Lord Cowdray owner. (Re-tasted Jan 2021)
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At the beginning of the eighteenth century, Chateau Latour started to be highly recognized around the world, thanks to the reconquest of the British market and the development of the wine business in Northern Europe. The aristocracy and other wealthy groups of consumers became very enthusiastic about a few great estates, of which Latour was one. And that was how Thomas Jefferson, ambassador of the United States in France, and future President, discovered this wine in 1787. At that time, a cask of Chateau Latour was already worth twenty times as much as one of ordinary Bordeaux wine.

The reputation of Chateau Latour was consolidated during the 19th century. It was confirmed in 1855, when the government of Napoléon III decided to classify the growths of the Médoc and the Graves for the International Exhibition in Paris: Chateau Latour was classified as a First Growth. The existing chateau was built during this "Golden Age", between 1862 and 1864.

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