1990 Latour

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 96 WA
  • 100 WS
  • 98 IWC
  • 95 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52801-1990-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 98

    ($469-$658) Medium-deep red. Great vibrant nose of redcurrant, licorice, minerals and tobacco, along with a minty austerity. Thick and large-scaled, like an essence of Pauillac. Really explodes in the middle palate. Incredible unfolding peacock tail of a finish. A monumental, powerfully structured wine with great long-term aging potential.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    Bright, dark cherry red. Though definitely not that deeply coloured. Very firm on the nose - denser than the Lafite and Margaux 1990s tasted alongside. Very fresh start and then lots of bloodiness and minerals. Very intense and deep with some well-disguised tannins on the end. Very grown up. Dry finish. Good attack but no flattering sweetness. Needs time still.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    This is a beauty, but not the awesome blockbuster I remembered. There is a roasted, earthy, hot year character with extremely low acidity, fleshy, seductive, opulently-textured flavors, and a full-bodied finish with considerable amounts of glycerin and tannin. The wine was sweet, accessible, and seductive on the attack, but it closed down in the mouth. Interestingly, when I previously tasted this wine (about six months ago) from a bottle in my cellar, I found it to be impenetrable, needing at least 6-10 years of further cellaring. Based on this example from the Chateau's cellar, it could be drunk now. In any event, it will last 25-30 years, but is it the immortal classic many observers, including myself, thought it was?
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 100

    This is one of my favorite wines ever. Full-bodied, with layers of silky fruit and masses of currant, mineral and berry character. Amazing. It's a wine with perfect structure, perfect strength. It's 1961 Latour in modern clothes. It's hard not to drink it now. '89/'90 Bordeaux non-blind horizontal.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: (05-30)
    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: rsfj
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: RWG III
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: Jerry
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Double blind. Super Bowl 2017. Falcons vs Patriots. WOTN Roses. Earth. Good acid. Integrated tannin, but still plenty of fruit. Many more years left. Opened the bottle at 9:30 the night before and recorked after pouring a small taste. Retasted the next morning. Decided to decant about an hour and a half before drinking. Showed beautifully.
    Author: JD
  • Self | Rating:

    Excellent. Tasted on Janet's Birthday
    Author: GW
  • Self | Rating: 95

    One of the best buys I ever made was buying 1990 Latour for $35 each when Liquor Barn went out of business in the early nineties. As a result, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for this vintage. Despite my fond remembrances, every time I have tasted the '90 I have found it to be not nearly as good as the pundits say it is. A complex/herbal nose of sweet fruit, green pepper, espresso, smoky raisins, Milky way bars, and dust. Chimerical bouquet. Beautifully elegant on the palate with a lengthy fruit finish. Raisiny fruit flavors with herbal overtones.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2015
    Author: Daniel B
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Young
    Author: marv
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.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 4429 bottles owned
  • 608 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 608 collectors)