Château Latour Grand Vin de Château Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1982

$2245

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

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Ratings on Delectable

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

Very blue and pure ... tobacco, some floral notes, blood anc edges of iodine. Plush and long.

Very blue and pure ... tobacco, some floral notes, blood anc edges of iodine. Plush and long.

9.4

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

Dark and brooding. Blackcurrant, sage, plummy and blackcurrant. Wonderfully intense and dark. Still a puppy but this is super expressive

Dark and brooding. Blackcurrant, sage, plummy and blackcurrant. Wonderfully intense and dark. Still a puppy but this is super expressive

9.6

Bob Bath Delectable Pro

Master Sommelier & Educator CIA Greystone

With Tawfiq Khoury

With Tawfiq Khoury

9.5

Justin Bothur Delectable Pro

All the classic notes; cedar, graphite, tobacco, black fruits, elegance. Simply adorable.

All the classic notes; cedar, graphite, tobacco, black fruits, elegance. Simply adorable.

9.9

Stephen Solaka Delectable Pro

Cedar, tobacco, leather and red fruit. Far from maturity but delicious!

Cedar, tobacco, leather and red fruit. Far from maturity but delicious!

9.5

Martin G Rivard Delectable Pro

This vintage never disappoints. We had the 82 next to the 98. The 82 was perfect. Everything about this wine make you scratch your head and say a few key words: Perfectly Balanced. Everything is in harmony. Wow., that was freaking good! I love 5 hour lunches!!! @Shawn R @David L . I was definitely thinking g to myself......Jeff @Jeffrey Lew may have flown up just for this!!!

This vintage never disappoints. We had the 82 next to the 98. The 82 was perfect. Everything about this wine make you scratch your head and say a few key words: Perfectly Balanced. Everything is in harmony. Wow., that was freaking good! I love 5 hour lunches!!! @Shawn R @David L . I was definitely thinking g to myself......Jeff @Jeffrey Lew may have flown up just for this!!!

10

Jay McInerney Delectable Pro

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 note

9.5

Jason Chang Delectable Pro

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 Alexander

10

Daron Watson Delectable Pro

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

Martin G Rivard Delectable Pro

This was not only the WOTN but is definitely the WOTY for me. My head snapped back in utter amazement as soon as I enjoyed my 1st sniff of the nose. Holy mother of all wines is this bottle absolutely stunning and perfect. It's by far the best wine that I have had the privilege to enjoy. This is exactly what I was expecting from the famed 61!!!!!! It was simply perfect. A truly perfect example of what Latour is and what every Bordeaux blend in the world aspires to be. Utter perfection in its opulence & decadence: blackberry, black currant, intense & soaring aromatics. You could enjoy the nose at arms length!!! Simply & utterly stunning. Thank you Jeff!!!!!!!!!!@Jeffrey Lew

This was not only the WOTN but is definitely the WOTY for me. My head snapped back in utter amazement as soon as I enjoyed my 1st sniff of the nose. Holy mother of all wines is this bottle absolutely stunning and perfect. It's by far the best wine that I have had the privilege to enjoy. This is exactly what I was expecting from the famed 61!!!!!! It was simply perfect. A truly perfect example of what Latour is and what every Bordeaux blend in the world aspires to be. Utter perfection in its opulence & decadence: blackberry, black currant, intense & soaring aromatics. You could enjoy the nose at arms length!!! Simply & utterly stunning. Thank you Jeff!!!!!!!!!!@Jeffrey Lew

10

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