As I indicated in the review of the 1982 Bordeaux, this is an unusual Latour in the fact that it has always been precocious. It has been jammy, forward, and delicious no matter when the cork was pulled, in total contrast to its two first-growth siblings, Mouton Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild. The dense, opaque garnet-colored 1982 Latour reveals slight amber at the edge. Sweet, smoky, roasted aromas in the nose combine with jammy levels of black currant, cherry, and prune-like fruit. It possesses extraordinary concentration and unctuosity, with a thick, fat texture oozing notes of cedar wood, tobacco, coffee, and over-ripe fruit. Low acidity as well as high alcohol (for Bordeaux) give the wine even more glycerin and textural chewiness. The finish lasts forever. The only Latour that remotely resembles the 1982 is the 1961 ($5,000+ bottle), which has a similar texture and succulence. Anticipated maturity: now-2040... Robert Parker
Novelist, Wine Critic Town & Country, Expensive Wino & Gastronaut
1982 vintage. Very fresh bottle. Not nearly mature but delicious. Strong clove cinnamon note
1982 vintage. Very fresh bottle. Not nearly mature but delicious. Strong clove cinnamon note9.5
Proprietor NINE SUNS Winery, HOUYI Vineyard
Barnyard funk, dirty diapers. Right up my alley! Thanks @Martin G Rivard @Kirk Alexander
Barnyard funk, dirty diapers. Right up my alley! Thanks @Martin G Rivard @Kirk Alexander10
of all the stellar vintages the most complete and still sooo young!
of all the stellar vintages the most complete and still sooo young!10
Michael Meagher MS
Chairman/Founder Boston Sommelier Society, Beverage Director Cafe Escadrille
Lovely, classy, powerful.
Lovely, classy, powerful.9.9
Founder The Withers Winery
Chef Sommelier Jean Georges
Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys
Full, gangster, robust, textured.
Full, gangster, robust, textured.10
Smelled wondrous but the palate was a let down. had such high expectations.
Smelled wondrous but the palate was a let down. had such high expectations.8.4
Tasty bottle! Opened up after about 30 minutes.
Tasty bottle! Opened up after about 30 minutes.8.8