1996 Latour

- 750 ml
100
RP
Availability: Out of Stock
Rating:
90% of 100
$1,010.00
Availability: Out of stock
Product ID
11319-750-XX3

Wine Critic Reviews:

Deep garnet-black in color, the 1996 is classic Latour at its utmost. The nose offers a tantalizing array of complex notes including dried Chinese plums, toasted nuts, Indian spices and black olive tapenade over a core of dried cherries and aged meat. The palate is pure power that is stunningly balanced giving a generous level of fruit concentration perfectly offset by a high level of very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness. Possessing a finish that just goes on and on, this is as good as it gets. eRobertParker.com

Sokolin 1996 Latour Tasting Notes:

Sometimes, Latour comes in many forms. There are subtle differences between vintages that can make the end result more or less appealing to your specific taste. However, few can argue against the majestic beauty of the 1996 vintage and its compelling flavor profile. Whether you're trying to add a heavy-hitter to your collection or simply uncork the bottle immediately after receiving it, these bottles will outperform many.

As you drink, the flavor profile and texture unfurl in your mouth, like a pop-up fantasy book. Chinese plums mixed with aged meat, Indian spices tickling your palate next to black olives, and a sensation of juicy, ripe fruit - everything works in perfect harmony, like an angelic harp concert. With a score of 99 given by esteemed critic Robert Parker, this wine is for everyone - assuming your budget allows it. The 1996 Latour is a unique and irreplicable masterpiece, one that you can deconstruct for the rest of your life.
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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 1996
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Latour: The Chateau Latour earned a prestigious First Growth spot in the Bordeaux 1855 Classification, and its track record is jaw-dropping for even the most distinguished wine connoisseurs. The vineyards themselves are reminiscent of gorgeous and complex garden mazes from tales of fantasy, with a distribution of 76% Cabernet Sauvigno, 22% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This combination comes together perfectly when grounded with an earthy undertone and punctuated with succulent cherries, lush mint, bold spice or a delicate yet sharp tobacco flavor. These bottles are the ideal partner to a robust evening cigar, as the worries of your life fade into the smoke, and the orchestral perfume of flavors sings to you like a muse, inspiring you towards new triumphs and achievements.
Rating 100 RP
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
Customer Reviews
  1. I didn't fall in love with the wine, sadly, but his appreciation is all I needed to see.
    Product Rating
    80%
    I secretly ordered a bottle of 1996 Latour to surprise my husband for our 26th anniversary. He's a big Latour fan, and the look on his face was priceless when he unpackaged it. He likes to sit in the lounge and slowly deconstruct his wines, or just talk about them to anyone interested. When he told me this is one of the producer's best vintages, he had such nostalgia in his voice. We reminisced about our younger days and had one of the most entertaining evenings in a very long time. I didn't fall in love with the wine, sadly, but his appreciation is all I needed to see.

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  2. It's almost impossibly pure and concentrated
    Product Rating
    100%
    If you know anything about Latour's rich history, you know that this vintage is one of the most remarkable ever to grace our planet. You just need to take a sniff, and the ride begins. Plums, spices, nuts, olives, it all comes together to create a complex and infinitely alluring bouquet of aromatics. On the palate, it's almost impossibly pure and concentrated, to the point where you'd think you're eating the fruit instead!<br/>You can drink it now or hold for a decade or so. Having a couple of bottles in your cellar is a real quick ticket to long-term fulfillment, let me tell you.

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