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1970 Latour, Chateau Bordeaux Blend

France Bordeaux Pauillac

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Professional Reviews

90 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC 8/2002
91 points Wine Spectator 8/2000

Member Reviews


Latour, Chateau Bordeaux Blend 1970
An almost perfect example of well aged Bordeaux
Jordan J.
Jordan J.

Rated  on Apr 27, 2008

Amazing! Medium mahogany from center to the edge. Clean! This wine is pure class in a glass. Very old world nose of old saddle leather coupled with a tar like smell that made it remind me of an oiled old baseball glove. There was a hint of sweaty socks and some vegitaible aromas along with cigar ash. The nose on this wine rocked. One of the most focused and detailed bouquets i have every had the pleasure to know. In the mouth the wine soft and still plush and no hard edges. This did not drink like a 1970.  One of the better Latours I have had, the best from 1970. Drinking at its peak but can go on for 5-10 more years with ease. 98 points

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Latour, Chateau Bordeaux Blend 1970
A First Growth with the Cork inside it v Meridian Merlot
Erika Ann
Erika Ann

Rated  on Mar 28, 2008

Okay, so I'm not really side by side testing a "leaker" 1970 Chateau Latour vs Meridian Merlot, but if memory serves, this partially oxidated, and certainly weathered first growth would whoop the tar out of Meridian Merlot.  It would dominate a lot of wines I've tasted.  You know why?  Because it's so exceptional that it can travel all over the world, get some sort of damage late in its life, leak all over my jeans and still taste better off of my fingers than most average wines out of premiere Riedel glassware.  The fruit is still making itself known through the very first taste: strawberries sing on my tongue.  Oh, my first First Growth!  How I love thee.

Could I be a little biased?  Perhaps.  But it was certainly palatable.  That's all a girl can really ask for.  As Roger Miller would've said: "Chug-a-lug, Chug-a-lug.  Makes ya wanna holler HOWDY HO!"

 

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Network Reviews

All but dead and gone.
Score: 86 points
Drink by: Past maturity
Sampled 2/7/05. Parker rated this wine a 97 but cautions that at this point in the game each bottle is highly variable and you might end up with a dud. Our group opened a case of it. In each bottle opened, the color showed a little age but was otherwise beautiful. The nose was classic Latour, and we were hopeful. Unfortunately, the wine was well past its prime. There was minimal fruit left and much more herbs and earth. Then at mid palate the wine disappeared altoghether. If it were not for the `89 Dominus that our table had pulled out just in case, we would have missed a good Bordeaux pairing with the lamb. FYI: The 1989 Dominus blew away the 1970 Latour (and the noses were very similar).
Posted by mxpbuy on February 8, 2005
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Oh the pleasures of mature first growth bordeaux!!
Score: 97 points
Drink by: Now to 2 years
Served at the Heart`s Delight Grand Cru dinner in DC. Chateau Latour 1970 - The color was dark red with some orange and brown at the edges but it just looked lighter bodied to my eye than all the other bottles. This one had a wonderful nose of licorice that I just loved. There was still a core of fruit present in this wine (something I was hoping for from the 82 that never materialized). This wine developed cedar and leather notes on top of the licorice and was like a vinous version of a mood ring in the glass changing quite noticeably in the 20 minutes it spent in my glass. My WOTN. 97 points.
Posted by unwired cowboy on June 13, 2004
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