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1982 Château Latour

abv 12.5%
  • 100 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 97 IWC
  • 20 JR
  • 98 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52801-1982-1500

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

    ($625-$695) 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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    1982 was a great vintage—relatively warm and prolific, producing wines of richness and depth. The 1982 Latour has a medium garnet-brick color and then pow!—it belts out powerful notes of star anise, dried roses, sandalwood and new leather with a core of kirsch, blackberry tart, dried mulberries and blackcurrant pastilles. Full-bodied, rich and spicy with bags of fruit and tons of savory fireworks, it finishes with epic persistence.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
    Issue: Issue 241 End of February 2019
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    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.
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Jun 30, 2001
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    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.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Vinous | Rating: 100

    From the moment it is first opened the 1982 Château Latour is magical. Deep and still vibrant in color, but showing the translucence of age, the 1982 opens with intense, soaring aromatics that hint at what is to come. One taste is all it takes to confirm that the first impression is spot-on. This bottle, from an original wood case purchased on release, is a poignant reminder of how importance provenance is. The 1982 is simply stunning in its beauty. Vivid, multi-faceted and totally sensual, the Latour captures all the best qualities of this famous vintage. In 1982 yields were high, there was essentially none of the sorting that has become de rigueur, and cellar practices were far less ideal on paper than they are today. And yet, the 1982 is simply stunning. What else can I ask for in a wine? Absolutely nothing. Except for a hope to run into it again. Well-stored bottles will keep for another two decades, although my impression is that the 1982 is not going to improve much from here. Actually, it can’t improve. This is as good as wine gets.
    Drink Dates: 2016 - 2036
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: Mar 2016
  • James Suckling | Rating: 98

    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.
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Friday, November 19, 2010
  • Jeb Dunnuck | Rating: 98

    The 1982 Chateau Latour is another powerful 1982 that’s drinking beautifully today and has a big, sweet nose of blackcurrants, saddle leather, cedar, and Asian spices that just comes jumping out of the glass. Deep, concentrated, and powerful, it takes 30 minutes in the glass to open up on the palate and still has ripe, polished tannins, thrilling length, and an impeccably balanced, layered personality. Again, it’s drinking fabulous well today, yet I suspect, given the wealth of fruit, it has another 2-3 decades of prime drinking ahead and will have a gradual decline.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue: Up From The Cellar #5 & Misc New Releases
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 10

    Crimson in color. Medium rim variation. Slow legs. Cedar. Dates. Tobacco. Medium/Full bodied. Satin-like texture. Silky. Long finish. Truly a religious experience.
    Author: adamg
  • Self | Rating: 98

    The 1982 vintage was characterized by high heat that resulted in very ripe, highly alcoholic wines (the ripest since 1959). Many wine writers and collectors (especially British writers) initially dismissed the vintage because of the high alcohol levels and almost freakish amounts of fruit. They theorized that the wines would die an early death. (Note, many of these same writers and fellow travelers now say the same thing about 1997 Barolos and Barbarescos.) Simply put, these pundits blew the call and today one would be hard pressed to find anyone of note who doesn't believe 1982 to be one of the best vintages of the 20th Century. An ethereal bouquet of sandalwood, leather, rose, cherry, and minerals ? almost textural in its nuances. Thick, smooth, and rich with deep power yet feminine grace ? the combination for which all great wines aspire. Tannins are still significant but are integrating. Acidity is more than sufficient for continued aging. Can be drunk now but another decade is probably warranted. The finish lasts for over a minute.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2014
    Author: Daniel B
Chateau Latour is among the First Growth properties classified in the Bordeaux 1855 Classification. The estate is situated in the southern portion of Pauillac, bordering St. Julien and the Gironde estuary. Latour is considered one of the longest-lasting First Growths, reflecting its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend is typically 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The fruit is grown in vineyards with notably high levels of gravel and an ideal southeastern exposure. Latour is typified by its concentrated fruit and complexity. Young vintages are forward and jammy with multiple layers of fruit. Aromas include black-currant, cherry and prune, with a dusty bouquet of mint, leather, cedar, and tobacco. Chateau Latour can age a lifetime and should not be approached for ten to twenty years. Some of the best vintages include 1949, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, and 2000. Chateau Latour also produces a second wine called Les Forts de Latour and a third wine labeled simply Pauillac.

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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3181 bottles owned
  • 475 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 100
    (Out of 475 collectors)