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Score: 88 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003
Score: 87 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998
Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000
This wine was tasted from my personal collection, following the Latour tasting. The 1985 Latour is a soft, open-knit example, without much structure, delineation, and depth. The dark ruby color displays amber at the edge. The bouquet of tobacco, black fruits, herbs, earth, and new oak is pleasant, but neither intense nor persistent. The wine is medium-bodied, with sweet fruit on the attack, but it narrows out to reveal dry tannin and herbaceous notes. Anticipated maturity: now-2012.
Score: 88 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), April 2000
Score: 94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, August 2000
Almost as great as the 1982. Dense and luscious with amazingly deep plum, blackberry and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied and full tannins. A wine with a terrific future. Try after 1998.--The Bordeaux 50. (JS) 95points
James Suckling, Wine Spectator