1959 Latour a Pomerol

Latour a Pomerol

98Average Score
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The 1959 Latour-a-Pomerol may not be as exalted as the 1945 or 1947, though my solitary previous experience of an ex-chateau bottle raised my expectations to a level that surely could only leave me disappointed. Not at all. This bottle, served blind incidentally, replicated that performance. Surprisingly deep in color, it has a telltale bouquet of "degraded opulence" insofar that its youthful richness has been melted by time. Here there are black cherries and kirsch, but they are soon usurped by Christmas cake, licorice and even a touch of bottle polish. The palate is medium-bodied and perhaps a little more masculine that its peers, betraying the rusticity of the time in terms of winemaking. Like the previous bottle, there is a hint of volatility like a 1947 Right Bank, but it retains control and there is that gorgeous finish of desiccated orange peel surfacing towards the extended aftertaste. It was, and still is, a beautifully made Pomerol that I suspect will forever be over-shadowed by the 1961. Tasted March 2015. Oct 2016, www.robertparker.com

Neal Martin    Score: 97/100

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