An exploration of wine

72. Château Latour, Grand Vin de Château Latour Premier Grand Cru Classé Pauillac, 1975

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Book 1 Wine 72

£142; ??%

Well, the opening gambit has to be a value-for-money statement… ultimately not worth £142, but a fantastic wine! Quintessence of a subtle, balanced, smooth, sophisticated fine wine. Though from the year of my birth, its brown edge to a dark garnet colour suggested ready to drink, 27 years later. Bouquet begins with a hint of “cigar-box”, but developed into more matured leather, matched with cedary oaky hints. Nevertheless balanced with underlying black and redcurrant aromas. Flavours still had some tanning, but silky smooth and balanced with oaky / fruity palate and a long, long (15 minutes…) smoky black cherry finish. How good this wine was, was demonstrated by it making the follow-up 1995 Angludet Cru Bourgeois look crude and unbalanced!

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