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> 1966 Latour, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

1966 Latour : The atomic bomb of the tasting! We thought we had reached the summit of the Everest with 1966 Lynch-Bages. We were damn wrong! The hue is dark red. The nose exhales powerful scents of black truffles, flowers and spices. Latour's concentration is fantastic for its age, rounded tannins and a long long finish. I compared 1966 Latour with some remaining 1966 Pichon Lalande and the difference was huge! With no doubt the wine of the evening. Qualitatively, 66 Latour is pretty close to what I recall from the 1961 Latour I tasted in 1998. 96/100

> 1999 Latour, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

1999 Latour : Limited yields for 1999 Latour. The Merlots harvested before the rain have totally saved this 1999 Latour. Oaky, ripe, full, black-fruits on the nose and palate. Beautiful balance and concentration. Extremely pure Latour with lush mouth feel, and a generous structure. Not very "Latour-style" for the moment but has a huge potential (2020+?). 94/100

> 2001 Latour, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

2001 Latour : Dark garnet. Initially the nose of 2001 Latour was very reticent but it gradually gave up notes of blackcurrant, spices, havana, cocoa and leather. Huge complexity. The fruit of 2001 Latour is really tasty. The grain of the tannins come close to perfection. Dense and tight, the structure of 2001 Latour is also incredibly soft and round in an almost perfect balance. Luminous! Long finish which proceeds in total harmony. In my view, 2001 Latour was the wine of the evening. 95/100

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> 2002 Latour, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

2002 Latour : Deep and complex nose with cedarwood, slightly caramelized, expresso coffee. The volume increases gradually on the palate. In spite of impressive tannins, 2002 Latour remains smooth and dense. The taste ends on a certain austerity that is perfectly normal for Latour at this stage of evolution. A great, noble and complex 2002 Latour. 92/100

> 2003 Latour, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

2003 Latour : At first the nose of 2003 Latour doesn't express much but after a few seconds, the flavours litteraly explode out of the glass with rich and concentrated black fruit aromas, clove, tobacco and torrefied coffee. Even though this is a very dense and powerful 2003 Latour it remains elegant with marvelously fine and silky tannins. Remarkable mineral tension which adds to the complexity of 2003 Latour's the texture. The structure is tight, but one however detects a slight heat (alcohol) sensation on the fruit, suggesting a light hint of over-maturity. Beyond this fact, 2003 Latour is a classy wine, but probably not quite at par with the amazing 03 Lafite. 95-97/100 

> 2004 Latour, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

An enchanting bouquet, both expressive and tremendously complex. Magnificent, caressing mouth feel from the very first with exemplary extraction. Remarkable tannin and a superb, deep, mineral taste. A very great wine! A touch above the other 2004s.

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