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1997 Château Latour

  • 89 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52801-1997

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating:

    A disappointment. This bottle looked more evolved and paler than the Lafite. Rather light and sweet. Definitely atypical Latour in an off vintage. Lacks lift and vivacity. Solid but rather simple with a very dry finish. I'm giving quite late drinking dates on the assumption that this wine will behave like other vintages of Latour - even though it doesn't taste like them.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    A flavorful, savory Latour, without a great deal of density or power, the 1997 exhibits sweet, walnut-tinged, black currant fruit intertwined with minerals and subtle wood. Nicely-textured, with adequate acidity, ripe tannin, and a medium-bodied finish, this smooth effort should drink well for 12-14 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Delicious now. Lovely aromas of tobacco, toasted oak, cherry and meat. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a soft and fruity aftertaste.--Latour vertical.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Medium red. Roasted currant, lead pencil, grilled nuts, tobacco and minerals on the nose. Smooth, vinous and concentrated, with lovely depth of flavor and ripe acidity for the vintage. Finishes with even tannins and excellent length. A very successful '97.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2000
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Hurraerik
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2002-2015
    Author: JeffWine
  • Self | Rating:

    not bad for an off year. Little thin for a Latour but pleasant enough. Drink now.
    Author: Gregg F
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Should have decanted for a longer period of time. We drank this after our '67 Latour, which was so much better in every aspect and overshadowed this great bottle.
    Author: Steven Song
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

  • 878 bottles owned
  • 176 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 176 collectors)