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1989 Château Latour

  • 89 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52801-1989

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Full, round, soft. Not so dense or typically Latour as I expected. Edge of minerality.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Rich and round wine. Full-bodied, with very good fruit and long velvety tannins. Needs more time. Round and rich. This is always outstanding and underrated by many. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    This wine was tasted at a vertical tasting held in Charlotte, North Carolina several days before the Christie tasting. The Latour staff spoke far more highly of the 1989 than my experience has shown.

    It possesses many characteristics that make great vintages of Bordeaux so alluring - softness, overripeness, and sweet fruit. The problem is that there are insufficient quantities of these components.

    An evolved dark ruby color reveals amber at the edge. The nose offers aromas of caramel, coffee, ripe black cherry and currant fruit, cedar, and spice box. Although medium-bodied, with low acidity, the wine lacks richness in the mid-palate, and is surprisingly abrupt in the finish. It is a very fine, delicious Latour, but it is hard to believe it will attain the weight and flavor dimensions its producers suggest.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: zepierotti
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 2009+
    Author: flavio
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: Gregg F
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Coffe dark cherry on the nose and palate. Sweet plum flavors emerge after 4 hours of air. This is not a block buster Latour and does lack finish.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2020
    Author: Conrad K
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Dark ruby red with a plummy, inky core. Quite a restrained nose; blackcurrant, leather and a hint of tar. Medium bodied with lively acidity and sweet but grippy tannins. Opulent rich fruit on the palate wrapped up in a rich velvety texture. Intense cassis and blackcurrant leaf, graphite and leather develop seamlessly over the length of the palate. Smoky tobacco and a herbalness on the long, long finish.
    Author: biggsy
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 93

    My last bottle enjoyed for my birthday! On the backside of it's peak. Still shows ripe blackberry, black cherry and dark berry fruit. Notes of leather, bacon, cedar and pencil add complexity. Well-balanced with finely grained tannins. Nice length to a more subtle yet flavorful finish.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2018
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Tasted at the Acker BYOB.
    Author: Ricknat1
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

  • 1853 bottles owned
  • 357 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 357 collectors)