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Chateau Latour, Pauillac, First Growth, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Latour is like no other Bordeaux wine. It is in a unique class of its own. Chateau Latour has been the most consistent of the First Growth chateaux of the Medoc for over 100 years! Since 1996, Chateau Latour has been producing some of the best wines in their history! Perhaps the best wine produced in modern times is the spell binding 2009 Chateau Latour. The wine is regal. It’s full bodied, powerful, tannic, pure, and sophisticated in its style. Filled with cassis, earth, truffle, spice and tobacco flavors, Latour in the top vintages require decades to fully develop. Once you taste a mature bottle of Latour, you’ll understand why it was worth the wait!

Chateau Latour is one of the oldest Bordeaux wine properties in the Pauillac appellation with a history dating all the way back to 14th century! It is thought the original Saint-Lambert tower was created in the second half of the 14th century. Documents show, on October 18, 1331, Pons, the Seigneur of Castillon, allowed one of the most prosperous families in the Medoc to create a fortress in area of Saint-Lambert. That design included the originallandmark, tower that Chateau Latour is famous for today.

In 1378, Chateau Latour Latour “en Saint-Maubert,”  whuch was later known as Château La Tour and then Chateau Latour, came into being.  During 100 years war, the Tower of Saint-Mambert, a fortified post guarding the estuary, was held by a fighting force employed by the King of France. After a 3 day siege, the Anglo-Gascon army captured the fort, installing their own  garnison. Latour remained under British rule until the Battle of Castillon which took place, July 17, 1453.

Because the original Saint-Maubert Tower does not exist, it remains a mystery. In fact, nowhere on the 1759 cadastre in Chateau Latour, is there any building that looks like a tower.

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Scholars believe the tower resided the south-east side of the Bordeaux wine vineyard, near the Juillac river. The old tower was probably square and not round.  The existing tower at Chateau Latour, which has nothing to do with the original one, did not give its name to the vineyard.  in fact, the tower was a pigeon house, probably built with the stones of the old Château between 1620 and 1630.

Chateau Latour remained in joint ownership until the end of the sixteenth century. The co owners charged the tenants rent. They used land for the production of Bordeaux wine. By the end of the sixteenth century the  Mullet family managed the estate. 

At the end of the 17th century, after a succesion of sales, inheritances and marriages, the Latour estate became the property of the Ségur family. It is in 1718 with the Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur, that modern history of Chateau Latour starts taking place.  de Ségur was the son of Alexandre de Ségur de Francs and Marie-Thérèse de Clausel, daughter of Joseph de Clausel, the latter was the second husband of Marguerite Coutaut, owner of Chateau Latour until 1695.

Thanks to the marriage of Alexandre de Ségur with Marie-Thérèse de Clausel, “the Tower of Saint-Maubert” entered the Segur family and remained in their hands there for almost 300 years. Just before his death in 1716, Alexandre de Ségur bought Lafite. Two years later, his son, Nicolas-Alexandre, (called “the Prince of Vines”) increased the family holdings when he purchased Mouton Rothschild and Calon Segur. In fact, for a 2 year period, (1718-1720) the de Segur family owned 3 of the 5 First Growth chateaux, Latour, Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild!

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In 1755, the death of the Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre brought about the division of the Marquis’ personal property, Latour finally received the necessary care and investment it required, and started to develop its full potential during the second half of that century.

The heirs of the Marquis didn’t live in Bordeaux. So the management of Chateau Latour fell to a “régisseur” (General Manager) , who produced detailed reports on the estate activity.  This organization involved complete administration maintenance, culture expenses and correspondance between the several managers and the owner. This information allows us to understand what really took place at Latour during the last 250 years.
 

By the start of the 18th century, the Bordeaux wine of Chateau Latour was recognized around the world, thanks to the reconquest of the British market and the development of the Bordeaux wine business in northern Europe. The aristocracy and other wealthy groups of consumers loved the Bordeaux wine from the top chateaux, of which Chateau Latour was considered one of the best in the Medoc! That is how Thomas Jefferson, Ambassador of the United States in France and future President of the United States discovered this wine in 1787. To give you an idea of the price of Latour in its day,  Château Latour was selling more for more than twenty times as much as one of ordinary Bordeaux wines.

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In the 1855 classification, the government of Napoleon III declared Château Latour to be classified as First Growth. The existing Château was built during this “golden age”, between 1862 and 1864. Skipping ahead, in 1963, the heirs of the Marquis de Ségur sold 7 % of their Chateau Latour shares. The new shareholders became “Harveys of Bristol” and “Hallminster Limited”, both British Limited Companies. “Hallminster Limited” belonged to the PEARSON Group, and held more than 50 % of the shares of Château Latour.  However the juridical structure was not changed : it kept the 120 year-old name of “Société Civile du Vignoble de Château Latour”. At the time of the purchase, it was clear to everyone that the Left Bank property needed major renovations in the vineyards and cellars.

In 1963 Chateau Latour expanded their vineyards by 12.5 hectares. They planted two plots just outside the “Enclos” which were owned by the property since 1850. This is the source of Les Forts de Latour. In 1968 improvements were made to the vineyard’s drainage system. The wine making facilities were also renovated.

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Extensive restoration and an extension of the winery at Chateau Latour started taking place in 1964. At the time, a decision was made to replace the old wooden vats with new stainless steel ones. Stainless steel was perfect as it allows temperatures to be automatically controlled by chilled water flowing down along the vat. At that time, it was a revolutionary change in Bordeaux. This was the start of the modern age for Chateau Latour.

In 1989, Allied Lyons, already owner of 25% of the shares of Chateau Latour, bought Pearson’s as well as those remaining in the hands of some individual owners to become the majority shareholder.  In July 1993 they sold their shares of Chateau Latour to François Pinualt. Francois Pinault made the now, savvy decision to hire Frederic Engerer. Since Frederic Engerer took over management of the property in 1995, things have never been better. In fact some of the finest wines, if not the best wines produced in the history of Chateau Latour continue to be produced during his tenure.

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It’s possible that stunning 2009 Chateau Latour is at this point, the pinnacle of his success. In 2012, Chateau Latour announced they would no longer be selling Chateau Latour as a future. 2011 was the final vintage they were planning to sell En Primeur. Their plans were to cellar the wine until they felt the wines were more enjoyable for consumers to drink.

The 85 hectare estate has 78 planted hectares. However, the heart and soul of the Chateau Latour vineyard, located close to the Chateau is a 47 hectare parcel known as “l’Enclos”. There are many people in Bordeaux that consider those 47 hectares to be the best terroir in all of Bordeaux. Fruit sourced from l’Enclos are used to produce the Grand Vin of Chateau Latour. The vineyard of Chateau Latour has gentle elevations, access to water as it is next to the Gironde and a terroir of gravel, marl and clay soils with deep deposits of limestone. One can actually divide the soils of Chateau Latour into three distinctive types, large gravel stones, smaller gravel rocks or pebbles and clay. Of course it’s the gravel soils that are perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon. But Chateau Latour has a type of clay in their terroir that is incredibly dense called “Argile Gonflante”.

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The vineyard of Chateau Latour is planted to 74.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.8 Merlot, 1.8% Cabernet Franc and .02% Petit Verdot. This is slight change in the vineyard makeup as the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon has The Cabernet Sauvignon been decreased, Petit Verdot is almost invisible and more Merlot has been planted in the vineyards. The terroir is in deep gravel based soils with some clay found in the sub soils. Most of the Merlot planted at Chateau Latour resides in the lower parcels of the l’Enclos section where the gravel layers are not as prominent, nor as deep. In that section of the vineyard, the marls and clay layers are more apparent in the soil. The small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are more likely field blends as they are found inside the vines of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. On average, the vines are about 40 years of age. But Chateau Latour is fortunate to have old vines as well. Some of the oldest vines at Chateau Latour are close to 100 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare.

Chateau Latour is fortunate to have old vines as well, some of which are close to 100 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. Currently, Chateau Latour is experimenting with biodynamic farming techniques and sustainable farming in some of their plots. In fact, the number of hectares bio dynamically farmed has been steadily increased. Currently, Chateau Latour is experimenting with biodynamic farming techniques and sustainable farming in some of their plots. In fact, the amount of hectares biodynamically farmed has stedially increased over the past few years. As of 2013, 24 hectares were being farmed using biodynamic techniques while 7 hectares are organically farmed. Starting in 2008, Chateau Latour began using horses to churn the soils in select parcels of vines. Currently 7 horses are used to work the L’Enclos vineyard. Sustainable farming is stressed at Chateau Latour. In fact, to traverse the vineyards, workers often use mountain bikes, to avoid polluting the soils.

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To produce the wine of Chateau Latour, the wine is vinified in 80 temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that vary in size from as small as 12 hectoliters up to 164 hectoliters. This range in vat sizes and capacities allows for true, precise, parcel by parcel vinification. The decision as to what specific grape variety or parcel goes into each vat depends on the age of the vines, the varietal and the specific location inside each individual parcel. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. Since the cellars were last renovated in 2001, everything in the cellar moves by gravity flow. Chateau Latour is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels, while Les Forts de Latour is aged in 50% new, French oak.

There is a second wine, Les Forts de Latour, which comes from the young vines of the Grand Enclos. The vines used to produce Les Forts de Latour are most often at least 12 years of age. Les Forts de Latour made its debut in 1966. However, before 1990, it was only made in a few vintages. Since 1990, Les Forts de Latour has been produced in every vintage and offered for sale as a future. There is also a third wine, Le Pauillac de Chateau Latour. Le Pauillac de Chateau Latour is produced from grapes that were deemed not good enough to be placed in Les Forts de Latour. Chateau Latour was the first property to produce a third Bordeaux wine. This practice was started at some point in the 1970′s. While still not common, today, other properties are following in their lead in both banks.

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Today, the production of Chateau Latour ranges depending on the vintage and its character. Considering the massive amount of demand, not much is made. On average, between 10,000 and 12,000 cases per year are produced of Chateau Latour Grand Vin, which represents about 37% of the production from the harvest. Production of Chateau Latour has been declining over the years and the quality, concentration and complexity has been increasing, along with the price. To give you an idea of what has been taking place, the 2000 vintage was the last time Chateau Latour had a large production. In that vintage 15,000 cases were produced. Since that time, production has ranged. For example, in 2003, production was 10,800 cases, 2005 saw 12,000 cases and in 2010 close to 11,000 cases were produced of Chateau Latour.

In 2011, Chateau Latour added to their holdings in Pauillac when they purchased the 4 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Becasse from the Fonteneau family. The vines are used for the production of Forts de Latour.

The Pinault family also own other wineries through their holding company the Artemis Group. In Burgundy, they own Domaine d’Eugenie, previously known as Domaine Rene Engel. The vines are located in the Vosne Romanee appellation in the Cote de Nuits. In the Northern Rhone Valley they own Chateau Grillet, which prior to their recent sale had been owned by the same family since 1830! In July 2013, the family added to their list of vineyards with the purchase of Araujo Estate wines, in the Napa Valley. The following year, in 2014, The Artemis Group made their first purchase in the Right Bank, when they invested in Chateau Vray Croix de Gay, Pomerol, Chateau Siaurac which is located in Lalande de Pomerol and Chateau Le Prieure in St. Emilion.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Pauillac de Latour

    1. Cassis, cherry and earthy aromas lead to a supple ruby-colored wine with cherry, olive and herbs. 85-86 Pts

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  2. 2013 Les Forts de Latour

    1. The tight nose took effort to reveal red berry, leaf and earth. Medium bodied, soft and easy to drink, the wine is made from a blend of 62.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.1% Merlot and 2.2% Petit Verdot. 45.2% of the harvest was used to produce Forts de Latour, which reached 13.2% alcohol. 88-90 Pts

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  3. 2013 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Cassis, plum, mint, fennel and earthy aromas require effort to find. The medium-bodied, ruby-colored wine is soft, polished, delicate and easy to drink. This is a polite style of Latour, with a beautiful purity of fruit that will taste best by 10 years of age. From a blend of 95.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.3% Merlot and .4% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.4% alcohol. Only 33% of harvest was used to produce the Grand Vin. 92-94 Pts

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  4. 2012 Les Forts de Latour

    1. Aromas of cedar chest and cassis led to a polished wine with soft textures and refined tannins which produced an elegant style of Forts de Latour. Reaching 12.8% alcohol, the wine ended with fresh, polished black raspberry fruits. 90-92 Pts

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  5. 2012 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Crafted from 90.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.6% Merlot, and 0.2% Petit Verdot, this wine reached 12.8% alcohol. The Grand Vin represents just 35.6% of the crop. The color of a gleaming dark ruby, the wine is elegant, soft, plush and polished in texture. There is a core of sweet, racy cherries and cassis with hints of vanilla and earth. The wine offers purity, symmetry, freshness and balance. This is a refined style of Latour. According to Frederic Engerer, the key to the success in this vintage was working on a parcel-by-parcel and row-by-row basis, monitoring the needs of the vineyard with specific attention to the amount of hydric stress each vine endured. 94-96 Pts

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  6. 2012 Pauillac de Latour

    1. From a Merlot-dominated blend, the wine offers cassis, black raspberry jam and earthy scents. This is a medium-bodied, delicate and soft Pauillac with a gentle red berry finish. Enjoy this fresh Pauillac on the young side. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  7. 2011 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Blackberry, truffle, tobacco, espresso and cedar wood aromas are easy to find. In the mouth, the wine offers more depth than expected, with multiple layers of sweet black cherries, blackberry and a hint of powdery tannins in the fresh, long, expressive finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Crafted from an assemblage of 84.5 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and .5% Petit Verdot, this vintage represents just 34% of the production. 3% press wine was added to the blend, which is half of what’s normally included in the assemblage. The estate continues its march towards biodynamic farming. At this point, 62 acres are farmed using biodynamic techniques. The eventual goal of Chateau Latour is to become completely biodynamic within a few years. - Dark ruby in color with purple accents at the rim, the perfume offers wet forest floor aromas, cassis, cedar wood, spice, earth and blackberry. Subtle, refined and elegant, this finesse style of Latour is long, clean and pure. Lacking the concentration of 2010 or 2009, this stylish Latour is long and filled with pure, spicy cassis in the fresh finish. 95-97 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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  8. 2011 Pauillac de Latour

    1. Produced from 62.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37.5% Merlot, this wine represents 23% of the production. The third wine of Latour is deep ruby in color with cedar, earth and cassis on the nose. Fresh, spicy cassis and cherry in the finish. 87 - 89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  9. 2011 Les Forts de Latour

    1. With a blast of black cherry, a hint of oak, fennel and wet earth on the nose, the wine moves to the palate with its soft, open, forward style, offering bright, sweet cherries in the slightly dusty finish.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. Blending 61.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and a tiny portion of Cabernet Franc, the wine represents 43% of the production. Deep ruby in color with scents of truffle, cassis, earth and blackberry, this is fresh, bright and vigorous in the mouth. The wine ends with clean cassis and spice. 90-92 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  10. 2010 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Inky and opaque in color, the wine screams with licorice, truffle, dark black fruits, Asian spice and wet forest scents. The wine is stunningly concentrated filling your mouth, coating your palate and staining your teeth with each delicious sip. There is not a single hair out of place. Everything is exactly where is should be. The sublime finish grows and expands for more than 60 seconds. This wine could possibly outlive anyone currently reading this tasting note!

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    2. 2010 Latour Completely opaque in color, this stunning Chateau Latour is filled with scents of, licorice, blackberry liqueur, Asian spice, oak and gravel. The wine is packed with layers of concentrated, fresh, pure dark fruits, sweet cassis, spice, blackberries and dark, bitter chocolate. This wine ends with a sensation of your palate drenched in waves of perfectly ripe, dark berries. Everything is in balance and harmony. This is a seamless tasting experience. Over the years, this will be seen as another reference point vintage of Chateau Latour. 99-100 Pts

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    3. Latour - This special wine was crafted from only 36% of the harvest. Using 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the wine reached 14.4% alcohol. In the glass, this inky, black colored wine is filled with truffle, cassis, chocolate fudge, leather, spice and Cuban cigar aromas. Combining delicacy, power, richness and elegance, (which is always difficult,) the palate is washed over by waves of intense pure cassis and spicy black plums that fill your mouth and coat your mouth. With ripe tannins, purity of fruit and freshness, this is so rich, concentrated and creamy, you can eat it with a spoon. Seamless, balanced and harmonious, the finish lasts for over one minute. The essence of Pauillac, this is pure liquid intensity. 98-100 Pts

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  11. 2010 Les Forts de Latour

    1. Coffee, oak, earth, blackberry and licorice, the wine is dense, concentrated and lush. There has a strong Pauillac character, with stunning intensity and purity of fruit. With the exception of 1982 and 1990 Latour, this is better than any vintage of Latour between 1967 and 1994. Wow!

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Deep ruby in color, the wine opens with an earthy spicy, mineral driven nose. With round tannins, supple textures and a long creamy crème de cassis filled finish, this is very much in a Pauillac style of Bordeaux wine. 91-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. Les Forts de Latour is produced from 72.5 Cabernet Sauvignon, 25.5 Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. This deeply colored, earth, oak, cassis and tobacco scented wine offers concentration, freshness, blackberry and chocolate flavors in the finish. This wine shares a family resemblance with its big brother, Chateau Latour. 90-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  12. 2010 Pauillac de Latour

    1. This has to be the greatest third wine of all time, from any estate! It's soft, ripe, round and stuffed with fresh fruits, spice and earthy characteristics. It's already drinkable too.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. With spicy blackberry scents and soft, round textures, the wine ends with a light chocolate covered blackberry finish. 90-92 Pts

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    3. Pauillac de Latour - Produced from 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44.5 Merlot and a dollop of Cabernet Franc, this is an uncommonly rich third wine with cassis, tobacco, coca and dark cherry sensations. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  13. 2009 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. The color of dark ink, complex aromas of truffle, cedar wood, cassis, blackberry, blueberry, smoke, cherry wood, tobacco and forest floor fill the air. The wine coats your mouth with pure silk, and velvet intensity. Incredibly lush and opulent layers of sweet cassis, black cherry, plum and blackberry coat your senses. From an assemblage of 91.3% and Merlot 8.7%, the wine reached 13.7% alcohol and was aged in 100% new oak. Beautiful, fresh and pure, with a finish that remains and builds for close to 90 seconds… there was no way on earth I was going to spit this wine out. It was so good; I wanted to cancel my remaining appointments for the day spending the afternoon drinking the entire bottle with some bread and cheese, while peacefully relaxing in their vineyards. And it was only 9:00 in the morning! Lottery winners and multi-millionaires take note, this is the 2009 Bordeaux from the Medoc to buy. And if you’re looking for friends to drink it with, I’m available.

      100 points - Tasted
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    2. 2009 Latour is inky black. The exotic nose of dark berries, flowers, coffee, truffle, fudge, boysenberry, anise, vanilla, lead pencil, and assorted berry liqueurs is powerful, complex, and intense. The wine is full bodied, concentrated, and mouth coating. The long, fresh finish is viscous, opulent, and silky. Everything is in harmony with this probably perfect wine. The seamless finish lasts more than a minute. 99/100 Pts

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  14. 2009 Pauillac de Latour

    1. Forest floor, cedar and cassis in the nose opened to a soft wine with ripe, tannins and a true Pauillac character. The wine finishes with pure blackberry essence. For a third wine, this is quite an achievement.

      91 points - Tasted
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  15. 2009 Les Forts de Latour

    1. Blackberry, smoke, wet earth and wood scents open to a sweet, ripe, lush, round Pauillac filled with juicy, crisp cassis and blackberry. From a blend of 65.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32.3% Merlot, 1.9% Petit Verdot and a tiny bit of Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. This wine is better than many vintages of Chateau Latour produced in 80’s and early 90’s.

      93 points - Tasted
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  16. 2008 Les Forts de Latour

    1. 08 Forts Latour sported a darker hue than did its bigger sibling. Spicy cassis on the nose with a medium body, finishes with flavors of cherry, cranberry, and cassis. 89-91 Pts

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  17. 2008 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. 2008 Latour is powerful, full bodied and concentrated with ripe cassis, tobacco, truffle, slate, and black plum aromatics. The wine covers your palate with waves of dark berries and ripe, round, polished tannins. The long, pure, fresh finish remains in your mouth for over forty five seconds! 97 Pts

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    2. 2008 Château Latour features a dark, ruby color with purple tints. Cedar, spice, cassis, and earthy scents were easy to find. Plush and elegant on the palate, with stunning levels of concentrated, ripe fruit, coupled with a brilliant, long finish and structure make this a wine that will reward cellaring. The round tannins give the wine a seductive feel in the mouth. Only 40% of the harvest will be placed in the Grand Vin. This is a suave style of Latour. 94-97 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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  18. 2005 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. This really coats your mouth with flavor. Layer after layer of sweet, fat, ripe, juicy fruits, plush, soft tannins, licorice and silk seem like they never leave your palate. This is intensity paired with purity, concentration and complexity at its best. In a few years, OK, more than a few, perhaps a decade or two, this should really hit its stride. The wine really leaves a lasting impression. From a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot, only 44% of the harvest was placed into the Grand Vin. FWIW, this was tasted blind. Note to self, remain friends with people who have this elixir in their cellar as I really want to taste this when both, the wine I, are mature. Comments not needed on which will mature first.

      100 points - Tasted
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  19. 2004 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Smoke, cassis, earth, spice, cedar and tobacco create the youthful aromatics. The wine is soft, lush and round on the palate, finishing with ripe, spicy cherries, cassis and hints of jam. While it was interesting to taste young, I'd give it another 5-10 years before popping a bottle.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. An expressive nose filled with smoke, cassis, BBQ, cedar wood, anise, dark berries, chocolate and black cherries grab your attention. With these complex aromatics and lightening in the color, this Pauillac seems to be evolving at a rapid pace for Chateau Latour. The wine ends with gentle layers of cassis and black cherry with a touch of tapenade in the rich, elegant finish. This will drink early for Latour. While it can be enjoyed today, unless you're sitting on more than a case, or prefer wines young, another 5-8 years will add a lot of complexity to this charming Bordeaux wine.

      95 points - Tasted
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  20. 2003 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Dark in color, with a flamboyant nose of licorice, espresso, blackberry, jam, earth, plums and spice in the nose. Rich, full bodied, fat, deep and intense, with air the wine continued to soften, becoming, silky and exotic in texture. You can sense the alcohol, but there is such a wealth of fruit and ripe tannins, it does not matter, the lengthy finish fills your palate. 2003 Latour is a bit of a head scratcher. I’ve tasted this wine at least half a dozen times this year, with varying results. Some bottles like this wine have been stunning. Others have been much drier and more austere on the palate. This note is for the best bottles.

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. Inky in color with intense aromatics of black raspberry, cassis, cedar, anise, truffle, chocolate and mint. Rich, intense and concentrated in the mouth. The long finish coated your senses. This is a stellar wine!

      98 points - Tasted
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    3. Exotic, amazing depth, intense purity, opulence and balance. The layers of powerful yet silky, dark fruit must tasted as well as felt to be belived in this classic Bordeaux wine. The seamless fin ish lasts well over a minute!

      100 points - Tasted
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  21. 2003 Les Forts de Latour

    1. Soft, sweet, lush and fully developed, this blackberry, earth and plummy wine is round, open and accessible, with lots of spicy, earthy dark red cherries in its core. However, this is not a wine for aging, it’s already delivering most of its charm today.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. Already on a fast track for evolution. The color is lighter than I remembered. The perfume offers an interesting blend of slow roasted fruit topped with all spice. Nice entry filled with ripe Cabernet and finishes with silky sensations

      88 points - Tasted
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  22. 2002 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. With a nose filled with walnut, cassis, tobacco, blackberry and forest floor aromas. The wine is medium/full bodied with a refined character. The finish is all about the sweet, lush rich, balanced textures and classy, stylish cassis.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. The wine of the vintage opens with a smoky tobacco laden nose complicated by gravel, cassis, spicy black cherry, forest floor, Asian spice and hints of espresso bean in the nose. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, with ample levels of spicy cassis, round tannins and a long, fresh, expansive, spicy, black and red fruit, filled finish.

      95 points - Tasted
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  23. 2001 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. A lot of charm in every sip is the right motto for this wine. It's elegant, fresh, supple and round. The fruit is vibrant and refined, with a sweet, soft, pure, dark red berry core. I liked this a lot and expect to enjoy it even more with additional bottle age.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. It's fair to say this is a lighter style of Latour. Yet, there is still a lot to like about the wine with its stylish, purity of fruit, elegant textures and refined, mineral driven personality. More focused on freshness and purity than power, for Latour, this will be a wine to enjoy on the early side. I'll start popping mine in 2016 and enjoy it for at least 20 years after that.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. Medium/full bodied, with a refined, elegant nature, for Latour, it’s on a rapid course of evolution. The wine is fresh, clean and pure, with layers of rich, spicy black cherry, tobacco, smoke, gravel and truffle. The soft, round tannins and regal, crisp finish are a pleasure to taste and feel.

      95 points - Tasted
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    4. 2001 Latour opens with cassis, spice, cedar, earth and blackberry notes. This is an elegant style of Latour that will drink well early. While charming, it lacks the body and depth found in the best years for this Bordeaux wine producer. Another 5-7 years will add more complexity to this wine. 93 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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    5. Spice, cedar and cassis with hints of tobacco make an attractive perfume. On the palate, the wine is not going to win awards for concentration. The quality of the fruit is very classy and stylish. But, for a First Growth, I wanted more. Today, the 02 remains my favorite current vintage. It is a stunning wine as well as a very good Latour. The 01 is surprisingly mature for Latour.

      93 points - Tasted
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  24. 2000 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. This is everything a great Pauillac should be. It takes immense concentration of favor and combines it with palate staining, fresh, pure fruits, refined, silky tannins, attention grabbing aromatics and a long, intense finish that seems to last close to 60 seconds! Produced from a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, if you have the money, this is the wine to buy.

      100 points - Tasted
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    2. Deep in color, it looked like a wine half its age.The nose took effort to wake up, before scents of tobacco, coffee bean, licorice, earth, blackberry, truffle, cigar box and wet earth made their presence known. On the palate, the wine is rich, deep, full bodied and offers a beautiful sense of purity of fruit, supple textures and a long, rich, expansive finish. If you can wait, I'd give it another 15 years, if you need to see what it's about today, give this stunning wine a few hours of air. While this is shockingly expensive, if you have the money, it will be a future legendary vintage of Chateau Latour.

      99 points - Tasted
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    3. On rare occasions, the best wines leave you speechless. Words are a waste of time. It quickly becomes obvious that your time is better spent enjoying the experience of the wine you are drinking. That is exactly what happened with the 2000 Chateau Latour! With an intense perfume filled with earth, cedar chest, stone, creme de cassis, cherry pipe tobacco, licorice, blackberries, Asian spice and lead pencil, the wine got off to a good start and kept on going! In the mouth, countless layers of voluptuous, pure, dark fruits melted over your palate. The concentrated, perfectly constructed, seamless finish was packed with pure, dark fruits. Everything was in harmony. The wine remained on your palate for at least 60 seconds! One of the unique characteristics all great wines share is, they show beautifully, even when they are young. While incredibly expensive, if you have the money, or a few bottles packed away in your cellar, this is a remarkable Bordeaux wine to mark time with.

      100 points - Tasted
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    4. This was filled with cassis, minerals, toasty oak, tobacco, spice and ample layers of ripe black fruits. Rich, concentrated and filled with depth, the wine offers beautiful purity. Everything is in balance while the wine fills your palate with flavor. The long finish is round and complex. With more bottle age, this will only get better.

      99 points - Tasted
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  25. 2000 Les Forts de Latour

    1. With its, black fruit, cassis and leafy aromas was ready to drink as the tannins seemed resolved.

      88 points - Tasted
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  26. 1999 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. This medium bodied wine from the legendary First Growth is a good wine, but it's not going to be confused with a great vintage of Latour. Medium bodied, polished, pure, clean and forward, the wine is displaying some secondary characteristics at this point. While there is no hurry to drink it, I doubt that holding it is going to create a miracle in the bottle.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. From a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, this wine was a nice surprise. Previous tasting's showed a wine that was charming, but light. The past few years have been good to this wine. Ruby in color with definite lightening at the edges, scents of tobacco, stone, earth, black cherry, kirsch, cedar wood and cassis lead to a medium/full bodied wine that for Chateau Latour is remarkably forward. Soft, refined and elegant in nature, this delicious wine ends with a supple, spicy, black and red fruit filled finish. This could improve a bit, but this is not a wine to age for decades.

      93 points - Tasted
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  27. 1996 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Absolutely stunning in every way. The nose grabs you with its earthy, spicy, tobacco and cassis perfume and never lets go. On the palate, this is even better with its long, lush, polished, deep fruits and silky tannins. Drink this young if you like plush primary fruit, or age it for 2 decades for secondary characteristics. Expensive yes, but it is the best deal for a high quality Latour in the market today.

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. WOW! The tannins are soft, ripe and starting to integrate with the powerful, elegant, silky, refined character. Rich, dense and concentrated, there is a great depth of flavor found in the long finish. Great wines almost always show well young. But this is only starting to deliver its essence. In 10, 15, 20 or 30 years, this will only be better.

      98 points - Tasted
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    3. Richly colored, the wine is deep, powerful, intense, concentrated and packed with layer after layer of juicy, ripe, sweet, pure Cabernet Sauvignon and polished tannins. The long, velvety, fruit drenched finish must last at least 60 seconds! This was about $125 as a future. I remember how shocked people were at the time as well. Glad I bought some!

      98 points - Tasted
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    4. The first great vintage produced after Frédéric Engerer joined the property, the nose explodes with wet forest floor aromas, smoke, tobacco, cassis, spice box, cedar chest, cigar wrapper and licorice aromas. Full bodied, rich, intense, concentrated, refined and powerful, with 2 hours of decanting, the wine continued to expand and add layers of complexity in the glass throughout the night. This graceful wine can be enjoyed now, but its best qualities will take at least a decade or more to come around.

      98 points - Tasted
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    5. 1996 Latour offers a complicated nose of truffle, licorice, tobacco, cassis, cloves, cinnamon, cocoa, cigar box, cedar chest, black plums and ash. The perfume gains additional layers of fragrances with each swirl and sniff. This Bordeaux wine is perfectly balanced, harmonious and intense. Full bodied, rich and concentrated with pure dark, spicy fruits, this is easily described as power blended with elegance. The seamless finish ends with countless waves of ripe, cassis, spice and blackberry. While already approachable, this stunning wine will continue evolving and improving for decades. Sonia from Latour made the perfect comment about the wine saying, “The 96 Latour speaks to you for hours, meaning the wine develops well in the glass and continues offering new aromatics with each breath you take of the perfume.” She was right.

      99 points - Tasted
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  28. 1995 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. The nose is developing nicely with its tobacco, smoke, cedar chest, earth, mint, blackberry and stone profile. The wine is powerful, fresh, long, structured to age and tannic, finishing with a powerful, clean, black cherry and cassis finish. In 2013, 1995 Latour was the first in a series of vintages to be re-released by the chateau after they announced the wines would no longer be sold as a future. The wines are differentiated by the anti counterfeiting measures on the label, bottle and capsule.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. A powerful nose filled with licorice, creme de cassis, truffle, forest floor, blackberry, cigar leaf, cedar wood and gravel greets you warmly. Full bodied, tannic, concentrated and rich, this intense Pauillac is still young and fresh. With round tannins and layers of ripe, black fruits with cassis, the wine remains on your palate for over 40 seconds. 1995 Chateau Latour is probably the wine of the vintage. While this is approachable today, it will drink much better starting in 2020.

      97 points - Tasted
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  29. 1994 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Firm, structured and austere, the wine is filled with cassis, tobacco, olive tapenaede and earthy scents. But the stern personality and hints of green flavors intrude on the experience. In 1994, the estate added 27% Merlot to the blend. With an abundance of Merlot, I was expecting a rounder wine. For Chateau Latour, 17 years is still young and while it might improve, but I'm not holding my breath.

      92 points - Tasted
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  30. 1993 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Displaying a delicate fragrance of truffle, earth, forest floor, tobacco, strawberry and kirsch, this light style of Latour is fully mature and will not improve with additional cellaring.

      90 points - Tasted
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  31. 1990 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. There is some bricking in the color, which is a surprise for a young, vintage of Latour. The nose offers cigar box, smoke, cedar wood, licorice, jammy plum and cassis aromas with hints of wild strawberry. The wine is full bodied and concentrated, but it is developing at a rapid pace and might not be a wine for long term aging. The polished, soft, potent finish is a treat.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. An interesting vintage of Chateau Latour, the wine clearly has its peaks and valleys along its evolutionary curve. Fortunately, at this tasting, it was having one of its good days with a perfume marked by a spice filled nose, coupled with wet earth, smoke, tobacco, caramel, tar, cassis, blackberry, hot bricks and cedar wood. Big, powerful full bodied and still youthful, the wine demands another decade for the ample tannins to further integrate into the rich, black and red fruit filled finish.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. With a classic cedar, cassis, gravel, tobacco, earth, herb and lead pencil profile, this big, powerful, tannic, full bodied Latour wants to strut its stuff. Decanting is needed before it begins to emerge. There is a masculine quality to the wines character. It's a bit on the firm side. There are tannins that still need to be resolved. It needs another decade before we can know for sure what type of vintage 1990 was for Latour.

      96 points - Tasted
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    4. Cassis, blackberry, grilled nuts and cedar sparked the aromatics. Still tannic. Needs time. When tasting it, I commented how much it reminded me of the Las Cases. As they are neighbors, that is easy to understand. On the palate, the wine offers a lot of ripe juicy, Cabernet fruit. While stylish, it comes up short for the vintage and a First Growth. The finish and middle are shorter than I'd hoped. This will improve, but IMO, as good as it is, it's not at the top level Latour is producing today starting with the 95.

      95 points - Tasted
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    5. Young and primary. This deeply colored wine had aromatics of smoke, cassis, coffee, walnuts, forest and eucalyptus. Dense, tannic and chewy, but not overly complex or deep.

      95 points - Tasted
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    6. Cassis, walnut, maple, tobacco and earthy aromas are at your service. Classy, layers of ripe fruit end in a long cassis filled finsih.

      96 points - Tasted
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    7. While young and primary, it had it all. It was also shut down hard, but you could catch glimpses of its future greatness. Cassis, lead pencil, blackberries and oak were part of the perfume. This wine is huge, complex and very extracted. The palate is overtaken by layers of ripe fruit that awakens your taste sensors. Very tannic. I wouldn’t be surprised if this wine took 15-20 years to fully blossom into maturity and lasted another 30 years after that.

      94 points - Tasted
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  32. 1989 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Traditional and classic in style, this medium bodied, elegantly styled wine lacks the depth, weight and complexity expected of a First Growth, especially considering the quality of the vintage. The wine offered freshness coupled with complexity in the nose, along with soft textures showing its class, but the short finish and lack of density stops the score from going higher.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. Fully mature, with tawny edges to the color, this is a medium bodied, finesse styled vintage of Latour. There is a silky, elegance to the wine, but it lacks the level of concentration needed to add to the cassis, truffle, cranberry, earth, tobacco, cigar box and spicy, blackberry character. There is no hurry to drink the wine, but I’m not sure there is any reason to wait for further development.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. This expressed a perfume of blackberry, cassis, mocha, truffle, spice, rhubarb, and earth. Light in weight for a Latour from a top vintage, this wine is fully mature and should be enjoyed sooner, rather than later.

      90 points - Tasted
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    4. This wine, with its cassis, black fruit, spice and tobacco nose is already very open. While elegant and with some complexity, this is light for a Latour from a good year. The wine has reached maturity and should be drunk up.

      90 points - Tasted
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    5. With a perfume of blackberry, cassis, mocha and truffle, this tannic, medium weight Latour finished with spicy Cabernet.

      91 points - Tasted
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  33. 1988 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Tobacco, earth, cassis and spicy aromatics are the first thing you notice. The wine has a rustic feel in the mouth. It is solid and four square in style, finishing with cassis flavors. This will last, but I am not sure it's going to improve.

      91 points - Tasted
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  34. 1986 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. This is a flawed wine that continues getting worse with age. Very disjointed. It is a failure for a vintage where Cabernet excelled. "Sell Mortimer, sell".

      86 points - Tasted
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    2. This gets worse with every bottle I taste or suffer though. What were they thinking? In a year where Cabernet based wines are for the most part, some of the most compelling drinking experiences around, Latour struck out. It was tart and the elements just couldn't seem to come together.

      86 points - Tasted
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  35. 1985 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Cassis, baked red fruits, tobacco and earthy scents opened to a medium bodied wine that ends in a light, red and black fruit finish. The wine started off with a tart side and with time in the glass began to improve. Still, it’s a disappointment for Chateau Latour and the vintage.

      89 points - Tasted
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  36. 1983 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Much better than expected, the wine shows the patina of age in its brick laden color. Tobacco, wet forest forest, cedar and cassis scents made up the aged, but not complex perfume. On the palate, the medium bodied fruit was classy, but the finish was far too light and short to retain your interest. Drink up, it is not going to get ever get any better.

      89 points - Tasted
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  37. 1982 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Great wines are going to be different in character, but they are not going to get better than this. The wave of fruit that drenches your palate is packed with polished, elegant, lush berries. The nose is a turn on and the finish last over 60 seconds. To use a quote from one of my favorite movies; "This is the stuff dreams are made of."

      100 points - Tasted
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    2. This is the wine of the vintage and one of the wines of the century. As good as it is now, it's almost scary to think how good 2009 could turn out when it's the same age. I am not sure how it happened, but I was able to taste this wine twice in the same month and a third time, not that long ago. I know how lucky I am. However, the point of this is to state that on each occasion, the wine was easily at triple digits in quality! It is remarkably consistent. To plagiarize myself, if aliens came down to earth and wanted a wine to take back to their planet, this is the wine. With textures of refined sensuality, the wine is opulent, flamboyant and exotic. The perfume screams the moment the cork pops with its tobacco, truffle forest, spice box, cigar wrapper, incense and black cherry liqueur notes. The finish builds and expands for over 60 seconds! This is the wine I'd buy, if I hit the lottery tomorrow.

      100 points - Tasted
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    3. Perfect in every way sums it up nicely. For those that want details, the wine remains deeply colored with a complex fragrance built from spice box, cedar chest, cassis, roasted blackberries, tobacco, flint and forest floor scents. Picture massive amounts of concentrated fruits, ripe, sweet, powerful, round tannins and the texture of velvet and you start to get the idea. Pop a bottle now, or wait 50 years, if you can...

      100 points - Tasted
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    4. If a wine deserved more than 100 Pts, this bottle was a contender for that honor. One of the clear indicators for a sublime wine is, it starts off great and continues improving and keeps on getting better than you could have imagined. This bottle of 1982 Latour was all that and more! Tobacco, earth, truffle, wet gravel, cassis, blackberry, cedar and spice box was elevated to new level. The intense, perfectly balanced, potent, mouth filling waves of fresh, ripe, pure flavors expanded on your palate for over 60 seconds! Silk and power, with everything in perfect balance and harmony. The wine continued to improve in the glass for hours. This is what great Bordeaux is all about! This was one of those bottles that you remember forever.

      100 points - Tasted
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    5. With its intense aromatics and incredible concentration, it said hello and kept on talking. Deep, powerful and complex. This has a wonderful purity of fruit and the finish seems lasts over a minute.

      97 points - Tasted
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    6. Olives, black cherries, herbs, coffee, cassis, minerals and tobacco take over your senses. Still young and concentrated, this powerful, concentrated wine is not close to full maturity. It could outlast most people who own the wine today.

      99 points - Tasted
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    7. “Oh My God!” This is the type of Bordeaux that brings tears to wine lovers eyes! This was so good, words alone do not do it justice. This amazing wine exploded with a myriad of scents including pepper, walnuts, spice box, cassis, cinnamon, licorice, coffee, truffles and more! And that was the beginning! The palate presence was out of this world! This is so opulent, exotic and rich, it has to be tasted to be believed. The perfect, seamless finish was breath taking filling every nook and cranny in your mouth and waking up all your taste buds and senses. If aliens came to earth and demanded a great wine, they would take 82 Latour!

      100 points - Tasted
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    8. Wine doesn’t get better than this! Cassis, tobacco, coffee and smoke aromatics jumped from the glass. Very tannic. Extraordinarily concentrated. You could spend all night counting the layers of fruit in this wine. Obviously, very complex. This is a huge wine. Every single taste receptor is awakened by this wine. Layers of ripe, decadent fruit cascade over your palate. My notes say, simply amazing! If wines could be awarded over 100 Pts, this could be it. When this sleeping giant becomes fully awake sometime in the next decade, it might be the wine of the vintage.

      100 points - Tasted
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    9. A perfume of coffee, licorice, herbs, cedar, chocolate and cassis is easy to find. Dense, palate filling with sweet, ripe tannin to resolve. Deep, multiple layers of opulent, silky, ripe, fruit cascade and glide across your palate. Amazingly soft, lush and open. But as sublime as it is now, don’t let that fool you. It’s holding it’s best charms in reserve.

      100 points - Tasted
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  38. 1978 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. This is an old school style of Bordeaux which is more interesting on the nose than the palate with its tobacco, cedar, lead pencil, cassis, cranberry, olive and wet earthy nose. It’s a little dry in the mouth, the tannins have a rustic quality. The wine feels firm on the palate in the slightly tart finish.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Masculine in style, this cassis, truffle, cedar, earth and spice scented wine was very nice on the nose. On the palate, good weight with flavors of spicy black fruit. But, the finish was a bit short and had a slight bitter or sour note on the end. This wine has slipped past its prime. If you have any in your cellar, drink up as it will not improve and will continue losing fruit.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. Masculine in style, this Latour seems to have misplaced its fruit. Nice nose of cassis and earth, but the palate was short, tannic and displaying a bit of sour fruit in the finish. 78 Latour was much better 5 years ago, and even better 5 years before that. This wine needs to be drunk up in the near future.

      85 points - Tasted
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    4. Cassis, licorice and wood on the nose. Medium bodied with very cabernet tasting fruit, this is not improving and is slowly drying out. It lacks the elegance and density to make this a very good wine. The finish displays less fruit than it should and ends with dry notes. Drink up.

      89 points - Tasted
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  39. 1976 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. You’re greeted by a muted nose that takes a lot coaxing to find much in the way of its aromatics. Light in color, medium bodied and getting tired, the wine ended with a spice, earth and red fruit dominated finish.

      85 points - Tasted
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  40. 1975 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Much better on the nose than the palate with its tobacco, smoke, earth and cassis profile. There was an element of cold steel along with its hard, austere, brawny profile. Masculine in character, and still tannic, the wine lacks the charm and polished elegance that is often found in Latour. While it’s popular to claim vintages like this need time, at close to 40 years of age, it is, what it is. Granted, I’ve tasted better bottles, but it’s a vintage of Chateau Latour I’d look to buy today. On the bright side, with this much tannin remaining, there is no hurry to drink it.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Iron, smoke, cassis, cigar wrapper, ceddar and forest scents combine with a powerful, beefy, tannic and masculine styled wine. Beefy and brawny, this old school styled wine is in its prime.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. 1975 Latour offered truffles, tobacco, cassis, blackberry, cigar and earthy aromas. Lean and angular, this austere wine lacked charm. I've tasted better bottles of this wine, but it's not a wine I'd buy a case of, hoping for a great Latour experience.

      89 points - Tasted
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    4. Very tannic, IMO, more tannin than fruit. Lacking in elegance,with an austere texture.

      89 points - Tasted
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  41. 1971 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. 1971 Latour pops with gravel, smoky tobacco, cigar ash, cassis, blackberry, cedar, lead pencil, kirsch, black raspberry and forest floor scents. Full bodied, powerful, concentrated and broad shouldered, the wine ends with a long, spicy, krisch filled finish. This was the finest example of 1971 Latour I have ever tasted!

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. This fully mature Pauillac was smoky. BBQ aromas coupled with tobacco, truffle, cedar, forest floor, cassis and dark berries were easy to find. Old in style, this rustic feeling wine had charm, but it was a bit curmudgeonly in dishing it out. This will not improve. If you have more than a bottle or two, drink up.

      91 points - Tasted
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  42. 1970 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. The developed nose offers wet earth, tobacco, burning wood, cedar, stone, cassis, cigar wrapper and cherries. There is a slight tart edge to the fruit with some green herbs, that tasters who do not truly enjoy old school Bordeaux could find off putting. There is probably no real reason to hold this wine any longer, even though there is no hurry to drink it.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Once again that chestnut of wisdom rang true, “After 20 years, there are no great wines, just great bottles.” I’ve enjoyed better bottles of 1970 Latour and I’ve tasted worse examples, this was in the middle. Still dark in color with bricking around the edges, the nose was packed with cedar, gravel, tar, blackberry, earth, cassis and tobacco scents. While the wine was powerful and concentrated, there was a touch of bitterness in the tannic finish. Was it the wine, or the bottle? There’s only one way to know for sure and that’s to pop another bottle.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. Cedar wood, tobacco, forest floor, cigar box, black currant, iron and truffle started off the mature aromatics. The wine ended with a refined, masculine, spicy cassis finish. While this was a good wine. this bottle lacked the power and complexity displayed in other examples and seemed more advanced than other bottles. You know what they say, at this age there are only good bottles and no great wines.

      93 points - Tasted
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    4. Depending on how the wine in question shows, bottle variation is either part of the fun, or the most frustrating aspect of the hobby. In this case, is the 1970 Latour a tannic, masculine, asutere styled wine? Or is it a powerful, refined Bordeaux with true Pauillac character? Bacchus was with us, because this was the best 1970 Latour I've had in ages! Crushed gravel, cassis, tobacco, smoke, truffle, blackberry, walnuts, forest floor and 5 Spice aromas were all over the place. Big, dense and chewy, this powerful Bordeaux wine commanded your attention. Most of the tannins have faded and this wine has developed wonderful complexities. It's not shy. Instead, it's power with refinement in a glass. Depending on the bottle, this could improve with age.

      96 points - Tasted
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    5. Deep ruby color. Exotic oriental spice. coffee, cedar, mocha, leather, soy and intense mineral essences topped off with sweet caramel flowed from the glass. This wine is huge, balanced, masculine in style, but dapper as well. This mature claret offers a big, juicy mouthful of rich, ripe cassis, black cherry and iron. A slight bitter note hits the back of the mouth in the finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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    6. Wow, nothing hits the spot like a great, mature Bordeaux. Dark, ruby with light edges. Notes of tobacco, cherries, cassis, wood, spice and earth fill your senses. Great mouth feel and texture. Long, slightly dusty finish in the beefy wine.

      96 points - Tasted
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    7. Very serious juice! It had a huge nose of black fruits, cassis, cedar and walnuts. It was fat, rich and had a finish that wouldn't quit. Still young, vibrant and full of life. Great wine!

      96 points - Tasted
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  43. 1966 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. This is all about the cassis, leather, cigar box, cedar wood and smokey, truffle scented nose. Powerful, regal, but not exactly refined, the wine has character, style and class. Fully mature, perfectly stored bottles can last for at least another 10, 15 or 20 years, but I doubt they will get better.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Still young as it approaches its 50th birthday, the perfume is loaded with truffles, Cuban cigar, cassis, cedar chest, walnuts, spice, damp forest floor and tobacco. Concentrated with fruit and still tannin, the wine fills your mouth with a long, powerful, spicy, cassis filled finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. Deeply colored, massive and concentrated, this was loaded with ripe cassis, black fruits, tar, smoke and cedar. This wine perfectly marries power with grace in an old school style.

      95 points - Tasted
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    4. 66 Latour offers cedar, truffle, cassis, walnuts, forest floor and tobacco notes. This powerful, structured wine is a little on the rustic side with slightly rough tannins. The wine ends in a long cassis filled finish that is slightly marred by some tart sensations. I've had better examples of this wine. But you know what they say about bottles with more than two decades of life... There's no such thing as a great wine, only great bottles.

      93 points - Tasted
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    5. A bit austere in style. Almost a bruiser for Latour. Cassis, lead pencil and earthy tones on the nose. Very full bodied. The finish was a bit clipped. I liked the finish as it still showed fruit, but, its shortness bothered all of us.

      93 points - Tasted
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    6. The wine sports a deep, ruby color with a nose screaming old Bordeaux! Wet forest smells with exotic spice, leather, black fruit, tobacco, truffle and cassis fill the air. And that’s without swirling! This dense, full-bodied, old school styled wine is still not fully mature.

      96 points - Tasted
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  44. 1964 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Tobacco, cassis, blackberry, spice box, herbs, wet earth, cigar box and fresh cherry aromas create the perfume. The wine is medium bodied, straddling the middle ground between finesse and austerity with a hint of green notes, the wine ends with a spicy, cassis and cranberry finish. Better on the nose than the palate, the wine began to fade in the glass after 15 – 20 minutes. 1964 Latour is on the downhill slope and requires drinking over the next few years.

      90 points - Tasted
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  45. 1962 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. What a stunning performance for this great wine, from a forgotten vintage. Cigar box, ash, cedar, truffle, forest floor, spice, cherry jam and tobacco notes scream from the glass. Full bodied, soft, round, potent and very much alive, this is a great example of iron fist in the velvet glove. I've been lucky to have tasted this winner 3 times over the past 12 months, and each bottle has been delicious. If you cannot afford the legendary 1961 Latour, (And who can?) if you're seeking an old school Latour that is fully mature, this is the wine to buy!

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. It’s been years since I’ve tasted this wine. On its 50th birthday, I had no idea what to expect. While my hopes were high, there was no way I could have imagined how good this wine was going to be! The thrills started with the complex aromatics; smoke, Asian spice, cassis, walnuts, blackberry, lead pencil, cedar chest, tobacco, strawberry and forest floor were ample to keep a taster interested. But the show continued all the through to the finish, with rich, supple, regal textures and a long, sweet, soft, generous black and red fruit filled finish that continued improving in the glass.

      95 points - Tasted
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  46. 1961 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. 1961 Latour offers a regal perfume of tobacco leaf, cassis, iron, cedar, spice, truffle and forest floor notes. Powerful, full bodied, intense and deep, this concentrated wine takes over your palate with multiple layers of rich, ripe, spicy black fruits that fill your mouth and coat your palate. This wine personifies the term "iron fist in a velvet glove." This is elegance meshed with power. The long, spicy, dark berry and cassis filled finish remains in your mouth for close to 60 seconds.

      99 points - Tasted
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    2. Deep ruby in color, the nose sang with tobacco, cassis, truffle, smoke, earth forest floor notes. Big, rich and polished, the wine finished with a large mouthful of cassis, chocolate and steel that faded far too quickly in the glass. What should have an awesome wine was damaged by a lack or provenance. This was an outstanding fully mature Bordeaux, but not a great 61 Latour. Once again, while there is no such thing as a great older wine, there are only great older bottles. 95 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. After hours in the glass, the wine continued putting on weight and evolving in the glass. Absolutely amazing! This huge wine was packed and stacked with countless layers of rich, ripe, Cabernet fruit. The walnut laden perfume with it’s layers of cassis, cedar and truffles was off the charts. It tasted incredibly young and will continue to improve for decades.

      99 points - Tasted
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  47. 1959 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. The nose on this was better and more interesting than the palate with its blend of truffle, cigar box, earth, forest floor, dark red berry and spicy scents. Full bodied and concentrated, with a great depth of flavor, this bottle was a little dry in the finish which detracted from the overall experience. With older vintages, it's all about the bottle and sadly, this bottle was good, but a perfect example of what can be an other worldly tasting experience.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. Looking at this wine, you'd think it was 20 years younger! The bouquet of aromas filled the air with cigar box, ash, smoke, tobacco, rocks, blackberries, cherries, spice and truffles. The wine is rich, intense, full bodied, long and ends with layer of silky, deep, sweet and slightly tart spicy cherries. This thrill a sip wine was a treat!

      98 points - Tasted
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    3. Off the charts! The intoxicating, spicy, cassis, tobacco and truffle perfume filled the glass, your senses and the room. This was very concentrated, offering endless layers of deep, rich cabernet fruit and a long, intense finish. Not as big as the 61, but more opulent in style. This is why people age and cellar top Bordeaux wines in the best vintages.

      99 points - Tasted
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    4. Showing deep ruby color with slight lightening at the rim. Cassis, spices, cedar and walnuts. Dark, deep, dense and concentrated. Lots of ripe, juicy Cabernet quality in this stunning Bordeaux wine.

      97 points - Tasted
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  48. 1957 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Dark in color, when you keep the vintage in mind, tobacco, cedar, smoke, pomegranate and cassis scents are the best part of the wine as it offers little fruit or complexity. Drink up.

      75 points - Tasted
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  49. 1955 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Fully mature, the wine opens with a spicy, smoky nose complicated by tobacco, cigar box, cassis and cedar wood. The tannins have a bit old school rusticity in the texture. The wine ends with crisp red fruits, herbs, earth and spice. I understand holding the wine for a birthyear or anniversary. But if you are not waiting for specific date, if you own a bottle, I would drink it, instead of aging it longer.

      92 points - Tasted
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  50. 1952 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Filled with truffles, spicy black fruit and cassis, leather, smoke and soy scents in the perfume. Offering a big mouth feel in an old school austere style, this wine served up a healthy dose of cassis in the long syrupy textured finish that's only found in old, mature wines. The wine kept improving in the glass. Provenance is everything in wines. This bottle has barely moved since the day it was produced.

      92 points - Tasted
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  51. 1949 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Cedar, truffles, grilled red berries and smoke in the perfume. Perhaps a touch of VA. Blackberries and a touch of tartness marred the delicate finish. Slightly acidic.

      88 points - Tasted
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    2. Truffle, tobacco, earth, cassis, Asian spice kicked off the perfume. But the wine did not develop well in the glass. It lost fruit, weight and balance while gaining in acidity and tart flavors after 20 minutes in the glass. The wine showed best during its first 15 minutes.

      87 points - Tasted
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  52. 1948 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Served double blind, this stunner was soft, supple, round and packed with spicy cassis, opulent sweet cherries, tobacco, truffle and cigar box. Brick red in color, the finish was long, clean and impressive.

      95 points - Tasted
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  53. 1934 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Clearly, this is the wine of the vintage. This bottle was perfect as it has not moved from the chateau since it was bottled! Tasting decades younger than its true age, the wine continued building in intensity and fruit over the hours it remained in my glass. There was a beautiful ourity to the sweet, ripe cherries that remains etched on my palate. The nose was all about the tobacco, cedar wood, cigar box, spice and truffle personality. What a thrill it was to taste bottled history!

      95 points - Tasted
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  54. 1929 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Not quite close to dead, but on its way in the near future. The plush texture could be enjoyed, but the whisky and maderized elixir was far too gone to be of more than historical interest. Still, it was an honor to be able to experience the wines last gasps of breath. This example proved the no great wines, only great bottles theory.

      70 points - Tasted
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    2. Dried orange peel, spices, minerals, cedar and walnuts. Incredible mouthful of gorgeous rich, ripe, sweet fruit. Perfectly well balanced. Deep, multiple layers of syrupy, ripe fruit glide over your palate as easily as clouds swim across the sky. This was absolutely compelling. The wine continued improving in the glass. It was impossible to put it down and stop tasting or smelling the wine. How I managed not to reach across the table and start drinking from other peoples glasses, or at least beg for more is beyond me. 1929 Latour is the perfect example of the iron fist in the velvet glove.

      98 points - Tasted
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  55. 1919 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Cloves, truffles, soy, scorched earth and smoke. Light on the palate with a finish of strawberry, rhubarb jelly

      85 points - Tasted
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  56. 1916 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Packed with cassis, cedar wood, gravel and tobacco, cherry, black raspberry, forest floor, truffle and smoke, this medium bodied, soft, lighter, red cherry filled wine had a lot going on for a wine that was about to celebrate its 100th birthday!

      90 points - Tasted
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  57. 1909 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. This had a light, rusty, orange color with scents of earth, leather and tea. Syrupy texture with strawberry, raspberry tea flavors. Short finish. Fruit faded in the glass.

      83 points - Tasted
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  58. 1899 Château Latour Grand Vin

    1. Yes, do not adjust your screen, that was 1899 Latour! Light brick color, a touch of VA. Spice, coffee, chocolate and toffee in the nose. The 110 year old Bordeaux wine had a finish that improved in the glass over the entire night left me with a memorable Bordeaux experience. Some people at the dinner spit. I can promise you, I put that wine where it belonged, finishing my entire pour!

      95 points - Tasted
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