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1970 Latour, Pauillac (mid-shoulder fill)

SKU #1010701 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted at dinner at Domaine de Chevalier. The Latour ’70 can be such a variable beast. This is certainly one of the better, more representative bottles. Deep garnet in colour, nice limpidity in the glass. It has a beautiful nose that to be honest, sweeps aside the respectable Domaine de Chevalier ’70 poured alongside, like a lord dismissing his servant with a swish of his hand. Graphite, wild black fruit, freshly rolled tobacco and a faint hint of truffle. The palate is medium-bodied and after forty years, still quite austere but the balance is nailed. Masculine and foursquare, a Latour with a lot of horsepower…but not necessarily revving in top gear…at least not after four decades. Lovely cedar and mint on the long, long finish. Wonderful...(NM) Inner quote mark (11/2010)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Soft, round and wonderful with currants, licorice and delicate berries with a stony, wet earth undertone. Full and velvety texture. Inner quote mark (3/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Elegant and gorgeous... Ruby red color with an amber edge. Lovely aromas of plum, berry and mint. Full-bodied, with currant, dried herb character. Medium finish. (JS) Inner quote mark (8/2000)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Full medium-deep red. Medicinal, austere nose of plum and chocolate; slightly off wood note. Fat and plump, but the fruit is somewhat suppressed and the finish somewhat dried by the off nose. Still a very satisfying drink, but not up to typical bottles of this outstanding wine. Inner quote mark (8/2002)

Decanter

Outer quote mark Very deep red; huge chunky dense nose; rich, very tannic, great depth, tremendous concentration, still needs time powerful but beautifully structured, magnificent, will age and probably improve for decades, a great Latour; very good length. Inner quote mark (6/1989)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very deep crimson. A very big-boned wine of great density. Some very strong menthol character with a touch of liquorice too and pretty dry on the finish. This seems to have taken on flesh since its rather austere youth and was even rather charming - in a distinctly 'masculine' way. No hurry to drink this. 19.5/20 points. Drink to 2040. Inner quote mark (9/2011)


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