1964 Latour a Pomerol

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Average critic rating : 95.0 points



Tasted at the Latour-à-Pomerol vertical in London. The 1964 Labour-À-Pomerol was made by Jean-Claude Berrouet mere days after Jean-Pierre Moueix hired him and it is a gorgeous wine. The bouquet is not quite as exuberant as the previous bottle I have encountered, perhaps indicative that it might just be past its lofty peak. Yet there remains the wondrous aromas of kirsch and red plum, bay leaf and warm gravel on a summer's day. It gains intensity with aeration, develops a hint of seaweed with time, something I have found in coeval Pomerols. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced, the acidity perfectly judged, although the overall texture, that backbone, has melted in the last few years. In fact, it leans a little more to the Left Bank as that fruit ebbs further away. It is supremely elegant and refined Latour-à-Pomerol that will not improve further. The only surprise was that it did not capture the affections as much as the 1962! Tasted December 2015. Oct 2016, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2016-2026


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