LATOUR -IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME

by Lucien Michel, Fine Wine Specialist
 

Of all the mature Bordeaux first growths I’ve tasted, Latour is my favourite.

There is something peculiar I really enjoy and find every time I drink Latour, even in the lesser years. 

Was this due to the legendary consistency of Latour I had heard about? 

I was meditating about this with a glass of Château Latour 1959. Seldom had I felt this mysterious charm with other mature Bordeaux. 

Latour has style. A recognizable style that shines out. This style could be described as a great purity of fruit: an exceptional blackcurrant burst, fresh minty cedar, a peculiar earthiness and this extraordinary richness without being heavy. When people talk about Latour they talk about the power, I would add that this power is not bold, there is an elegance to it, perhaps it’s the complexity and long finish that add this delicacy. Usually very dark in colour, Latour has a stunning power, depth and richness, but never shows off.

In lesser years was the style still present? Tasting a 1993 I was impressed by how well it was drinking. There was this recognizable character that I had tasted in the 1990 even though both vintages are very different. 1990 is considered one of the best vintages for the estate. The 1990 appeared to be only at the start of revealing itself, whereas the 1993 was good to drink. It is probably well worth exploring the lesser vintages of Latour. However, some collectors mention that during the period of the mid 80s, the wines were surprisingly light. I haven’t tasted any but apparently with the vintage 1990, Latour was back at making the classic dense wine that Latour lovers are looking for. 

One day visiting Château Latour in Bordeaux, as we were tasting and discussing the personality of Latour - «stubbornly slow developing» (20-25 years to reveal its personality) - it reminded me of myself in the manner of not revealing itself immediately! That’s when I started to believe that I will have a great longevity as Latour has! Indeed, to live long you must develop slowly, right? If I drink Latour regularly I will age longer and better for sure! As my mind was wandering, inspired by this great claret, I was recalling memories of my childhood, thinking what was the purpose of aging wines if not to travel in time, in search of lost time? 

Walking through «l’Enclos» where the Grand-Vin oldest vines are located (40-80-year-old vines), also inspires such meditations, imagining that the square tower on the label - destroyed by the King of France during the expulsion of the English - was part of a 15th century fortress to defend against ocean-going pirates, from the Gironde river. Now, the cylindric tower that we can see is a dovecote that was built later, and where François Pinault -the current proprietary - does his gym. 

Château Latour is said to age up to 50 years in great vintages, and François Pinault says that Château Latour never dies. To me, Latour is the quintessence of life, and all its secrets are yet to be discovered.

The latest best vintages: 1982, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005

Below some of Château Latour we have available in stock in Hong-Kong:

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Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
1920 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 24,000 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
24,000
Score
-
Location
HK
1924 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 18,000 / BTL 4 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
4
Qty of btl
4
Btl price (HKD)
18,000
Score
WA90
Location
HK
1937 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 7,500 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
7,500
Score
-
Location
HK
1966 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 7,200 / BTL 12 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
12
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
7,200
Score
WA96
Location
HK-P
1975 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 4,000 / BTL 7 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
7
Qty of btl
7
Btl price (HKD)
4,000
Score
WA93
Location
HK
1975 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 4,000 / BTL 6 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
4,000
Score
WA93
Location
HK-P
1982 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 14,600 / BTL 7 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
7
Qty of btl
7
Btl price (HKD)
14,600
Score
WA100
Location
HK
1982 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 14,600 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
14,600
Score
WA100
Location
SHOP
1989 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 4,000 / BTL 7 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
7
Qty of btl
7
Btl price (HKD)
4,000
Score
WA89
Location
HK-P
1990 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 6,500 / BTL 12 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
12
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
6,500
Score
WA95+
Location
HK-P
1990 Chateau Latour
750 ml OWC12 HK-P HKD 6,500 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
6,500
Score
WA95+
Location
HK-P
1995 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 4,500 / BTL 14 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
14
Qty of btl
14
Btl price (HKD)
4,500
Score
WA96
Location
HK
1995 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 4,500 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
4,500
Score
WA96
Location
SHOP
1995 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 4,500 / BTL 6 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
4,500
Score
WA96
Location
HK-P
1996 Chateau Latour
750 ml OWC12 HK HKD 6,000 / BTL 3 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
36
Btl price (HKD)
6,000
Score
WA100
Location
HK
1996 Chateau Latour
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 13,000 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
13,000
Score
WA100
Location
HK
1996 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 6,000 / BTL 56 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
56
Qty of btl
56
Btl price (HKD)
6,000
Score
WA100
Location
HK
1996 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 6,000 / BTL 3 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
3
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
6,000
Score
WA100
Location
SHOP
2003 Chateau Latour
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 7,000 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
7,000
Score
WA100
Location
HK
2005 Chateau Latour
1500 ml OWC6 HK HKD 14,000 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
14,000
Score
WA98
Location
HK
2010 Chateau Latour
1500 ml OWC3 HK HKD 17,000 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
3
Btl price (HKD)
17,000
Score
WA100
Location
HK
2005 Chateau Latour - (Ex Chateau)
750 ml OWC6 HK HKD 6,500 / BTL 17 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
17
Qty of btl
102
Btl price (HKD)
6,500
Score
WA98
Location
HK
2005 Chateau Latour - (Ex Chateau)
1500 ml OWC3 HK HKD 14,000 / BTL 2 case available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
14,000
Score
WA98
Location
HK
2007 Chateau Latour - (Ex Chateau)
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 3,450 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
3,450
Score
WA92
Location
SHOP
The wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. Title to all wine remains with The Fine Wine Experience until paid for in full.
HK / HK storage; ready for delivery within 1-2 business days.
HK-Shop / available for in-store purchase in Sheung Wan.
HK-prearrival / in transition; expected to arrive HK in 2-4 weeks upon payment confirmation.
En-Primeur / wines still in chateau; will arrange delivery to once wine is received in HK