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1988 Château Latour

  • 91 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52801-1988

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Deep crimson. Looks more youthful than the 1994. Fireworks fragrance. A little gentler and suppler than the 1998. Softening. Very correct and very typical.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Tight, tough and tannic, but should improve with age. Ruby color, with aromas of meat, green tobacco and plums. Medium- to full-bodied, with firm tannins and a medium finish. A bit hard and dry really.--Latour vertical.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 90

    1988 is largely forgotten because of the stature of the 1989 and 1990 vintages that followed. Regardless, 1988 was a very good vintage and in 2003 well-selected 1988s offer very good bang for the buck in aged classified growth Bordeaux. The '88 Latour has always been a good wine but it has never elicited any wows from people when it has been opened around me. Dark colored at the core turning light garnet at the rim. A very big. herbal nose of chocolate and mature cassis and cherry. High toned in the mouth with light coffee and decayed, simple fruit flavors. Moderate length.
    Drink Dates: 2004-2013
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 100

    chameleon wine, changes and changes and changes.
    Author: danbelov
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Very light, great flavor, subtle - went great with the lamb chops.
    Author: rwpeter
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 799 bottles owned
  • 196 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 196 collectors)