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1990 Les Forts de Latour. This wine is beautifully evolved, exuding powerful aromas of red plums, red fruits, dates and cinnamon, rounded and absolutely harmonious, velvety in layering with overtones of camphor in its hallowed glow. More feminine compared with the grand vin but all the better as it exudes a distinct identity in its own right. Superb. tasted January 2016.

1995 Les Forts de Latour. Deep ruby. Lovely glow of the classic dryish Pauillac signature tone with some early complexity. Fleshy and rounded with excellent presence of tea leaves and tobacco snuff, finishing with a great flourish of nail varnish. Excellent. Tasted August 2018.

2000 Les Forts de Latour. Quite shut, but one can catch a whiff of intense, rich dark fruits lurking beneath. Full-bodied. Broader and more expansive after some time, taking on more weight as it sat in the glass, becoming huge, dense and intense. Tasted April 2009.

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1966 Château Latour. Clearly well evolved in colour and tone, evoking aged dry mushrooms with a lifted earthy pungency, still displaying astonishing fullness and depth of ripe dark berries, utterly seamless with melted tannins. Amazing! Tasted December 2017.

1978 Château Latour. Still showing an opaque deep garnet core, exuding a distinctly mature nose of green capsicum with a gentle earthiness marked by forest characters and bramble. Open with great suppleness, revealing excellent concentration of delicious red fruits and currants within soft pliant melted tannins, still amazingly fresh with lively acidity. Absolutely harmonious, finishing very well. Tasted January 2020.

1985 Château Latour. This Latour at 34 years is still darkly coloured, full and masculine, opening with a great lift of dark currants, ripe black fruits and violets that leapt from the glass, very open and fleshy, still imbued with an abundance of cool ripe fruit with after notes of tobacco leaves, structured with detailed velvety tannins that deliver power and smooth elegance in equal measure. Caught truly at its absolute peak. Very lovely. Superb! Tasted March 2019.

1988 Château Latour. Poured from magnum. Deep garnet red, proffering an effortless bouquet of tobacco snuff with a fabulous earthy pungency that led to a generously layered palate of dark fruits imbued with very fine graphite minerals, rendered taut with superb tension by acidity that is still remarkably fresh. Superb. Tasted April 2019.

1990 Château Latour. This wine radiated absolute power and beauty from its glorious unfathomable depth of ripe rich tarry black fruit, beautifully integrated with the wood and velvety tannins amidst a sprinkling of red plums. Truly remarkable. Tasted July 2014.

1993 Château Latour. This premier cru exudes an enticing earthy pungency amid dark fruits and blackcurrants, medium-bodied and supple with fine transparency on the palate though the spectrum of flavours is rather narrow, lacking in true opulence and layering. Tasted May 2019.

1993 Château Latour. Deep crimson. Hint of earth and capsicum amid rosy hues, displaying good concentration and definition with its lively acidity still intact, tinged with a trace of burly green. Harmonious though not really your usual structured and layered Latour, missing that extra dimension of greatness as it finished short with a bit of spice. Tasted September 2020.

1995 Château Latour. This wine is imbued with deep layers of supple black fruits and dark currants within its impenetrable darkness on a firm minerally bed, very finely detailed, highly poised and elegant with excellent linearity, almost aloof in its quiet demeanour as it developed further complexity with overtones of ash and incense. Excellent. Tasted April 2019.

1995 Château Latour. Still darkly coloured, exuding a deep mesmerising bouquet of ripe dark berries and currants along with a savoury note, displaying very fine presence and acidity as it caressed the palate with a luxurious velvety smoothness before settling down with great transparency and linearity. Characteristically aristocratic. Excellent. Tasted June 2020.

1996 Château Latour. Layered with glorious black fruits, dark currants and complex minerality of unfathomable depth, yet poised and relaxed on the palate, utterly natural and effortless in establishing its identity whilst further nuances of cinnamon and cedar continued to unfold over time. The perfect study in understatement. Truly outstanding. Tasted November 2013.

1996 Château Latour. Displaying a deep garnet red with just a trace of evolution at the rim, the wine was soft, rounded and distinctly feminine, offering red fruits and red roses of excellent concentration on the nose and palate with a hint of gravel, very correct in its balance, somewhat nonchalant and aloof in its demeanour. Tasted January 2016.

2001 Château Latour. Deep garnet red, exuding a powerful warm hallowed glow of early tertiary characters. Firm but fleshy, displaying very fine depth of black fruits and dark currants imbued with highly subtle ferrous and minerally elements, finishing with traces of soy, again just a little short. Excellent. Tasted April 2019.

2003 Château Latour. Deep purple, dominated by dark and red fruits in equal measure with plummy overtones, still tight. Medium-bodied, soft and rounded with good concentration of raspberries and blueberries, subtle in acidity but seriously missing in depth and length. The latter appears to be a recurring feature of the clarets of this heat-stressed vintage though, perhaps, it may be best reserve judgement in this instance as the wine had not received adequate aeration. Tasted March 2017.

2004 Château Latour. Impenetrable dark purple with an arresting fragrance of ripe dark fruits, currants and blueberries along with early secondary nuances of cedar and graphite. Softly rounded, possessing richness, balance, sophistication, grandeur and structure with an elegance that may be misconstrued as aloofness. Tasted December 2015.

2004 Château Latour. Good colour, stuffed with a generous expanse of mulberries, dark fruits, raspberries and early cedar with a mahogany glow. Warm, rounded and seamless, showing great integration and subtlety in its structure and acidity although there seemed to be a lingering  trace of woodiness. A classic claret though without that extra dimension that comes with the best vintages. Tasted June 2019.

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