This lot was part of our auction «small bottle party !» on 01.04.2023.
Château Latour, Ch. Latour, 1989
1 x 0.750L
89 / 100 Robert Parker 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. Wine Advocate #129 Jun 2000
94 / 100 Wine Spectator This is so decadent and exciting on the nose, with very ripe fruit, tobacco, meat and cedar. Full-bodied, offering amazing raspberry fruit in the core of the palate. Ultrapolished, velvety tannins wonderfully coat every inch of your palate. This will age for years ahead, but it's so lovely now. Much better than many people think.—'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. 17,000 cases made. http://www.winespectator.com/wine/detail/source/search/not..
17.5 / 20 Jancis Robinson Full, round, soft. Not so dense or typically Latour as I expected. Edge of minerality. http://www.jancisrobinson.com/tastings/search?perpage=20&k..