Château Latour 1985
Pauillac, 1er cru classé
Seven bottles in twelve-bottle original wooden case. Remains of original tissues. Four bin-soiled labels, slightly damp-affected. Seven good appearance. Levels: four into-neck, five base of neck or better, two top-shoulder
Tasting note: A ‘Reserve tasting of Premier Bordeaux Wines’ I conducted at the first, and the last, Palm Beach International Food and Wine Fair, in February 1998: medium deep and mature-looking, with a mahogany rim; bouquet low-keyed at first but which opened up marvelously; gloriously sweet and full of fruit. Good length and finish. Still tannic. In first-growth company at Stephen Kaplan’s 1985 vintage event: bouquet by now ripe, almost meaty, opening up beautifully in the glass and after an hour, fully evolved, ‘biscuity’. I do not leave the wine untouched. By the time that hour has elapsed, little remains in the glass! On the palate a full, rich, almost mocha-flavoured wine, with an excellent dry finish. Two notes in May 2003 within 10 days of each other: medium-deep, mature, almost orange rim; bricky, almost rustic, very rich, by no means powerful but multi-dimensional. Most recently: more open, less deep and more relaxed than expected; good classic Medoc Cabernet, cedar box, nose, slightly medicinal; understated but very good, cedar again, good length, balance, life. Very dry finish. Last tasted April 2006 ****(*) Now – 2030. M.B.
11 bottles per lot