Latour 1970


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Tasting Notes

Score: 97Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Score: 89/97Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

Score: 98+Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

One of the top 2 or 3 wines of the vintage (Petrus and Trotanoy are noteworthy rivals), this young, magnificent Latour is still 5-10 years away from full maturity. The opaque garnet color is followed by a huge, emerging nose of black fruits, truffles, walnuts, and subtle tobacco/Graves-like scents. Full bodied, fabulously concentrated, and intense, with a sweet inner core of fruit and high but well- integrated tannin, this enormously endowed , massive Latour should hit its prime by the end of the century and last for three or four decades thereafter. This will be the most longest-lived and potentially most classic wine of the vintage.

Score: 98Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (105), June 1996

The 1970 Latour must be one of the most unpreditacble vintages ever produced at the estate. It is prone to wild mood swings! This bottle has a deep colour, slightly turbid, with thin bricking on the rim. The bouquet is powerful, quite feral with maybe some VA, scents of sandalwood and Lapsong Souchang infusing the black fruit, becoming more gamey with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied but quite dense, not a Latour of finesse, but plenty of horsepower. It is almost like a vintage car, but the engine is too powerful. With slightly rough tannin on the finish, this masculine and broad-shouldered Latour is compelling, albeit not without fault. Tasted at a private dinner in London.

Score: 94Neal Martin,, July 2018

Still an impressively deep colour. Youthful nose which belies the age. Despite being served after the monster 1996 this wine more than holds its own. Classic Latour that is rich and long yet dry. A wine of great class with near-perfect balance and a sexy hint of cigar box, road tar and eucalyptus. This has got to be the Medoc's undisputed wine of the vintage in 1970. Even better than its reputation!

Score: 18.5Stephen Browett, December 2006

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