1959 Château Latour Grand Vin Pauillac Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note


1959 Château Latour Grand Vin  (Pauillac) 98

I am not sure how I have been this lucky to have tasted this wine more than any other 1959, but I am not complaining. Especially after this bottle. Balancing power and grace, the wine is bright, spicy, full, and deep, with layers of tobacco, cedar, cigar box, smoke, spice, ash, oceanic scents, and red fruits. Long, intense, and expansive, this is an incredible tasting experience. 98 Points

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Cigar box, tobacco leaf, smoke, cedar, mint leaf, cherry pipe tobacco and currants shine on the nose. The wine has a soft, silky, nature to the tannins with just a hint of rusticity in the texture. The fruit retains a spicy, tobacco and herb character that adds to the natural sweetness of the bright red berries. The remarkable finish gets you going back for sip after sip. 98 Points

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The initial sniff from the gentle, first pour was all it took to know this bottle was special. The complexity and depth on the nose was mind-blowing. But on the palate, the wine offered a supple, lushness, layers of cherry and cassis, tobacco, spice and cedar that would not quit. Multi-faceted, each sniff and sip offered something new. Popped and poured, the wine remained at this high level until it was drained from the glass. The best bottle of the 59 Latour I have ever encountered. I am sure this is a preview of the 82, or 09 will morph into, except those vintages will be even better with equal amounts of bottle age. Shockingly expensive, but if you have the discretionary income, this was an unequaled tasting experience. 100 Points

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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

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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

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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

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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

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When to Drink Chateau Latour, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Latour is not a wine to drink on the young side. The wine is usually far too tannic, powerful and reserved during its youth. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 3-6 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau Latour is usually better with at least 15 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Latour offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 18 and 60 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Latour with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Latour is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Latour is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Latour is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

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.

Chateau Latour became one of the first major Bordeaux chateaus to embrace anti-counterfeiting measures with the use of the Prooftag system which is in place on the label, bottle and capsule of all future and current releases.

In 2015, Chateau Latour completed renovations which included new offices, tasting rooms and cellars. In fact, Chateau Latour became the first estate in the Medoc to maintain a cellar solely devoted to keeping magnums and other large-format bottling's dating back to 1900. The new cellars were a necessity as they allowed Latour to retain vast stocks of wines, for later releases.

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. Late 2017, marked another addition to their holdings in Burgundy when they purchased Clos de Tart for a record-setting price of more than 30 Million Euros per hectare!

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. Araujo has since been renamed Eisele Vineyards. 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 the Lalande de Pomerol appellation and Chateau Le Prieure in St. Emilion. They sold all their Right Bank vineyards, September 2020 to Suravenir Insurance, the owner of Chateau Calon Segur.