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Tasting Notes and Scores
This wine was tasted from my personal collection, following the Latour tasting. The 1985 Latour is a soft, open-knit example, without much structure, delineation, and depth. The dark ruby color displays amber at the edge. The bouquet of tobacco, black fruits, herbs, earth, and new oak is pleasant, but neither intense nor persistent. The wine is medium-bodied, with sweet fruit on the attack, but it narrows out to reveal dry tannin and herbaceous notes. Anticipated maturity: now-2012.
The 1985 Latour comes from a rather “middling” period for the First Growth. It is a wine that I have tasted a dozen times or so and never come away impressed. The nose is fully mature with tertiary, smoky, leathery black fruit that does not exactly overwhelm with sophistication. The palate is medium-bodied, with lithe tannin, missing the fleshiness and roundness of say, the 1985 Château Margaux or even 1985 Léoville Las Cases. Dowdy? It saunters across the finish line with a subtle herbal note but it just lacks the stuffing of a great Latour. Tasted at a private dinner in London.
Rich and ripe wine. Dark red color with an amber edge. Loads of meat, berry and tobacco character on the nose. Very rich. Full-bodied, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, ultraripe fruit finish. Still very fresh and young.--Latour vertical. James Suckling
Aromas of mint and currants with some spices. Full and velvety texture with fresh and clean fruit and a yummy finish. Drink it.