1994 Château Latour

  • 91 WS
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52801-1994

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Classic Cabernet style. Intense aromas of plums and cherries, with hints of new wood. Full-bodied, with juicy and ripe tannins and a long finish. Very well-structured.--Latour vertical.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Quite deep, but with a lighter rim. More muted nose. Less fragrant at first, though it opened out in the glass. Big and blobby. Chewy end. Again, quite stern. Slightly smudgy. Lots of tannin.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 94

    This is an interesting as well as great vintage for Latour. As indicated in my barrel tasting report, Latour's 1994 possesses an atypically high percentage of Merlot (27%) in the final blend. Because of this, the wine appears to have a sweeter, more fleshy texture than is typical for a young Latour, but do not make the mistake of thinking this will be a commercially-styled, easy to drink wine. It exhibits an opaque dark ruby/purple color, and a backward, intense textbook nose of walnut and cassis scents complemented by smoky pain grille notes that build in the glass. This full-bodied, powerful, layered Latour reveals high tannin, but no bitterness or astringency. The superb purity, fabulous precision, and remarkable length should ensure 35-40 years of longevity. Readers will find more fat, flesh, and glycerin than usual for a young Latour (save for such great vintages as 1982 and 1990), but don't be deceived, this wine requires 8-10 years of cellaring.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Here we are firmly in first growth territory. Great wine for its vintage. Nose was extremely deep, a little buried, but time and swirling coaxed out complex and integrated scents of earth, meat, wet leaf and a dark, dense, cassis undertone. Palate was marked with the same characteristics - great complexity wed to perfect integration. Very tightly coiled, but it was evident that the wine was rich and concentrated, with lots of weight and depth in its wet earth and cassis flavours, but also clean and balanced with a lovely freshness. And that structure - wow. Not hard, not soft, just finely sculpted, giving the wine an aristocratic shape all the way into it long, open finish which showed notes of tea mingling with a touch of toast and more deep, integrated notes of cassis and earth. This really is the Pauillac par excellence. Needs quite a bit of time yet, but the quality on the wine was clearly showing, especially after the disappointing Margaux. Excellent.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2020
    Author: Butler wan
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: coffeemuse
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: marv
  • Self | Rating: 95

    excellant wine buy more and hold but excellant to drink now
    Author: NC
  • Self | Rating: 92

    this classic bordeaux still has its legs underneath it. smooth and complex with notes of fresh earth, dark fruit and mocha with undercurrents of leather and tobacco. drink now as it will only decline from here.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2016
    Author: dozman3
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

  • 1850 bottles owned
  • 296 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 296 collectors)