Latour 1999

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill

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Bordeaux1999Latour BT304,600.00cs94 RPAdd to Basket
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Tasting Notes

Readers looking for a modern day version of Latour's magnificent 1962 or 1971 should check out the sensational 1999 Latour. It is a big, concentrated offering, exhibiting a dense ruby/purple color, and a classic nose of minerals, black currants, leather, and vanilla. The wine is long, ripe, and medium-bodied, with high levels of sweet tannin. This surprisingly full, concentrated 1999 should be drinkable in 5-6 years; it will last for three decades.

Score: 94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

A terrific effort, this sexy, open-knit, opulent effort possesses plenty of tannin, but it is largely concealed by the wine's wealth of fruit, high extraction level, and noticeable glycerin as well as unctuosity. Dense ruby/purple-colored, with a sweet, evolved nose of black fruits (cassis, leather, and blackberries), cedar, spice box, and liquid minerals, this powerful yet seamless Latour will be surprisingly accessible at an unusually young age. Long and full-bodied, with the acidity, tannin, alcohol, and wood all beautifully integrated, it will be at its finest between 2007-2030. A classic!

Score: 93/95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

The opulent, rich, concentrated 1999 is atypically forward and luscious. The dense purple color is followed by precocious, sweet black cherry/cassis aromas backed up by noteworthy liquid mineral and subtle smoky new oak notes. Dense and fat, with low acidity, an opulent, chewy texture, medium to full body, superb power, and a seductive character, it will be drinkable at an unusually early age, but, given its stuffing, will last for two decades or more.

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Superb breeding on the nose, pure blackberry, cedar, tobacco and a touch of hot gravel. The palate is full-bodied with very fine but assertive tannins, very good depth (similar to Mouton) but with the finesse of Lafite. There is a vibrant sense of mineralite here, a sense of transparency, relatively high-toned and showy (like the 2004 tasted just days before) that lends it more approachability. Very impressive persistency on the finish. Excellent. Drink 2012-2030.

Score: 94Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, July 2009

big yet racy 99. Shows blackberry aromas, with a hint of spice, and is full bodied, with a solid core of fruit, firm tannins and a dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Wonderful texture. Goes on and on. Best after 2006.

 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/2), March 2002

Score: 93James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 2002), March 2002

Score: 90/94James Suckling, Wine Spectator

Score: 20/25Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine (Jun 2000), June 2000

Medicinal and sinewy on the nose. Exciting and vibrant. Deep-flavoured. Long but the tannins are still very evident (though in this case there seems to be enough fruit to stand up to them). Ambitious - needs quite a bit of time yet. Drink 2012-2028. Date tasted 25th June 09.

Score: 18Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2009

Very good colour. The bouquet was quite dry with some warmth. On the palate, the acid was very good, with a lovely fruity, sweet and warm taste. 17pts. Lindsay Hamilton 16 Nov 01.

Score: 17Farr Vintners, June 2000

Frédéric Engerer controversially removed wine-maker Christian le Sommer from his post last summer as well as his Maitre de Chai. This passionate young man has now taken charge of the winemaking process himself and clearly has something to prove. The gamble has paid off. As the result of a serious green harvest, yields were reduced to 38hl/ha instead of the normal 55. Closer control of all aspects of the wine-making process have resulted in a big, black colour and hugely powerful wine. There is lots of depth and concentration here but ripeness too with warmth and sweetness balancing the raw power. A cross between the elegance of Lafite and the power of Mouton, this all comes together admirably. A soft-tannin version of the 1996. Wine of the Vintage?

Score: 17Farr Vintners, June 2000

Very good colour. The bouquet was quite dry with some warmth. On the palate, the acid was very good, with a lovely fruity, sweet and warm taste. 17pts. Lindsay Hamilton 16 Nov 01.

Score: 18.5Farr Vintners, June 2000

Frédéric Engerer controversially removed wine-maker Christian le Sommer from his post last summer as well as his Maitre de Chai. This passionate young man has now taken charge of the winemaking process himself and clearly has something to prove. The gamble has paid off. As the result of a serious green harvest, yields were reduced to 38hl/ha instead of the normal 55. Closer control of all aspects of the wine-making process have resulted in a big, black colour and hugely powerful wine. There is lots of depth and concentration here but ripeness too with warmth and sweetness balancing the raw power. A cross between the elegance of Lafite and the power of Mouton, this all comes together admirably. A soft-tannin version of the 1996. Wine of the Vintage?

Score: 18.5Farr Vintners, June 2000

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