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Red Bordeaux - 1989 - Latour

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Tasting Notes

Wine Advocate #129
Jun 2000 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 89 Drink: 2000 - 2020 $434-$1091
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. Anticipated maturity: now-2020.
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Wine Advocate #109
Feb 1997 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 89 Drink: 1998 - 2020 $434-$1091
Neither the 1989 or 1990 wines has budged in quality or development since I first tasted them in cask. I am still disappointed by the 1989, wondering how this chateau produced an elegant, medium-weight wine that seems atypically restrained for Latour. The deep ruby color is followed by a wine with surprisingly high acidity and hard tannin, but not the depth, richness, and power expected from this great estate. This closed wine is admittedly in need of 5-6 years of cellaring, but what is so alarming is its lack of weight, ripeness, and intensity, particularly when compared to the 1990. I suspect there is more than what has been revealed in recent tastings, but this looks to be an excellent as opposed to outstanding wine. In the context of the vintage, it is a disappointment.

Wine Advocate #88
Aug 1993 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 90 Drink: 1998 - 2020 $434-$1091 (80)
The 1989 Latour resembles the 1982, although it is not as concentrated, full-bodied, powerful, or unctuous. Deep ruby/purple, with a penetrating bouquet of cassis, this large-scaled, yet surprisingly approachable wine is bursting with fruit and extract. The finish is admirably long and persistent. The wine has a high tannin count, but the tannins are largely obscured by the wine's rich fruit and depth. Anticipated maturity: 1998-2020. Last tasted, 5/93.