1998 Latour

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 90 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52801-1998
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Minerals and savour and sappiness. Certainly nothing as simple as fruit! Although in this vintage Latour does not outshine the others as obviously as in some more recent years. Really sappy perfume. Great rich spread across the palate is impressive. Density and energy. Dry finish. Good lift. Suitably dense and very mineral. But polished too.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Not a blockbuster, the 1998 possesses a dark garnet/purple color in addition to a complex bouquet of underbrush, cedar, walnuts, and licorice-tinged black currants. Although medium to full-bodied and moderately tannic, it lacks the expansiveness in the mid-palate necessary to be truly great. Moreover, the tannin is slightly aggressive, although that is hardly unusual in such a young Latour.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Plenty of currant, raspberry and mineral aromas, with hints of leaf and wet earth. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a tar, berry and cherry aftertaste. Slightly rustic for Latour. Not as exciting as I remember from barrel. 19,165 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Red-ruby. Deep aromas of cassis, licorice and lead pencil. Deeper than Les Forts but currently rather mute in the middle. Strongly minerally. Offers classic Latour structure and spine. Finishes with sneaky, subtle persistence.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2001
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    Author: metlaw
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: sikora398
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: sm122097
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: wineme.310
  • Self | Rating: 94

    |I'd like old world, serious, classic and Left Bank|, was the request, which this wine amply fulfilled. Auction bottle, held 1.5 years. Decanted two hours, no sediment. Beautiful aromas hit all the black keys in harmony. Complex and delicious - black fruit, spice and leather. Wonderfully balanced, perfectly sized, long and gaining strength in the glass over time. A nice example of the potency of this Pauillac First Growth in a year known for Right Bank excellence. Would happily buy again. Can hold for another 5-10+ years to judge its full potential.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2025
    Author: Miguel L
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

  • 1653 bottles owned
  • 306 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 306 collectors)