1970 Château Latour à Pomerol Pomerol Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

  1. 1970 Château Latour à (Pomerol)

    1. Beautiful, fully mature Pomerol with all the dark chocolate figs, truffle and plum you could ask for. Richly textured, soft, round tannins and sweet, dark, black cherry and cocoa finish. This charmer is drinking at peak.

      94 points - Tasted
    2. Fully mature, this is a perfect example of old school Pomerol. The complex array of scents, starts and finishes with truffles, dark chocolate, truffle and cigar box aromatics. The full bodied wine has length, freshness, charm and plush textures. Closing in on 50 years of age, this is stunning.

      94 points - Tasted
    3. If you're looking for a perfectly mature Pomerol that is on its way to 50 years of age, look no further than this beauty. With a beautiful wealth of earthy, truffled plums and a hint of cocoa and tobacco in the nose, the wine is round, plush and finishes with loads of sweet, earthy black cherries. While fully mature, there is more than enough stuffing for at least 10-15 more years of great drinking, if the bottles are well stored.

      94 points - Tasted
    4. Fully mature, this is the perfect moment to enjoy this text book Pomerol. Layers of plush, ripe berries, cocoa, cherry and earth characteristics and a round, silky finish are easily found in this wine. Do not wait to pop a cork, as I do not think there is much to gain.

      93 points - Tasted
    5. Truffle, chocolate, earth, forest floor and fresh cherry aromas produced a beautiful perfume. Silk and velvet tannins, supple textures and round, chocolate covered plums with the patina of age make this perfectly mature Pomerol, a delicious treat for the senses. There is no reason to age this wine further. Due to the lack of consistency in the wines made at Latour a Pomerol, prices for this wine are more than fair in today's world. If you can find a well stored example, it's worth picking it up.

      93 points - Tasted
    6. 1970 Château Latour à Pomerol opens with complex aromatics of flowers, leaves, fresh herbs, plums, espresso, wood and blackberry. With soft, round, sensuous textures and a deep, rich, plum, black cherry and silk finish, this wine delivers a lot of Pomerol pleasure. Fully mature, this wine might not get better. Well stored bottles are worth seeking out. 94 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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Chateau Latour a Pomerol Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 7.9 hectare, Right Bank Bordeaux vineyard of Latour a' Pomerol is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This shows a slight increase in the amount of Merlot planted here since the mid 1990's. The terroir is gravel, clay and sandy soil. Due to the small size of most Pomerol vineyards, the vines are most often found in contiguous plantings. That is not the case with Latour a' Pomerol as their vines are spread out over the Pomerol appellation. However, their best parcels with their oldest vines are located close to the Church. Perhaps the fact that their wine is produced from numerous terroirs is part of the reason the wine lacks consistency. When it's good, it's great! But numerous vintages between 1982 and 2008 have been at best, well made, quality wines, but they were not exciting.

That being said, the wine of Chateau Latour a' Pomerol was outstanding in 2009. Some of the credit to the improvement in their wines can be attributed to the new drainage system placed in the vineyards. The drainage system completed in 2003 allows a system of wells and pumps to ferry out the water in very wet vintages. The lack of slopes made this an important part of the estates renovation.

To produce the wine of Latour a' Pomerol, two laser sorting tables have been in use since 2009. After sorting, the wine is vinified in thermoregulated concrete vats for the most part. Starting in 2004 they have also been using stainless tanks for the vinification as well. Malolactic fermentation takes place mostly in tank with a small portion of the wine going through malolactic fermentation in barrel. The press wine obtained from vertical basket presses is added or not during the barrel aging process depending on the vintage. Chateau Latour a' Pomerol is aged in between 30% new, French oak barrels and 50% new, French oak barrels for on average close to 18 months, depending on the quality and character of the vintage. On average, the production of Chateau Latour a' Pomerol is close to 2,500 cases of wine per year.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Latour A Pomerol with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Latour a' Pomerol is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. 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 a Pomerol is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Latour A Pomerol is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.