Chateau Latour 1978 Pauillac
1/98. Acquired in auction Dec-95 for $130 (imported for $140 bet).
Exactly two years ago I had my first bottle of this wine. This tonight was my 2nd
This illustrious wine was decanted for an hour and then accompanied a fantastic
Friday dinner at home. Dorit made Prosciutto-wrapped baked banana. Cauliflower cream
soup. Fillet steak, mushrooms and bacon all baked in coarse salt.
COLOR: Deep dark young color all around. Very thin clearing around the rim. Hard to
believe this is a 20 years old wine.
NOSE: Deep and beautiful though not a giant that bursts out of the glass. Elegant
black fruit with pleasant bouquet of olives, truffles and earth. No cedar,
pencil-tip or the other less-than-enticing (for me) 'Bordeaux Nose' elements. Pure,
sweetish and extremely pleasurable.
TASTE: Very concentrated and full of 'winyness'. Tannins still felt when tasted
without food, but rich velvety and smooth with the food.
Plenty of fruit, good grip, mouthfilling and multi-layered. Ever evolving in the
mouth. Simply splendid.
LENGTH: At least a full minute of reverberating and pleasurable aftertaste. Taste
buds under long and constant attack after every sip.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium-full body, quite viscous and chewy. Plenty of fruit, good
acidity, ripe tannins - all in classic proportions. Silky delicate and elegant.
OVERALL: Extraordinary! Probably the best Bordeaux I ever had (though I don't think
I have tasted more than 30 different Bordeaux bottles). Will probably become
"divine" in 3-5 years.
MARK: 19/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Yes.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.