1965 Château Latour - Pauillac 1er Grand Cru Classé
If you’re even remotely interested in older Clarets you’ll probably know 1965 is legendary…unfortunately, in a bad way : it has a reputation
for being an atrocious vintage. You can read everywhere the weather conditions were terrible resulting in wines you’d best steer clear of.
Well, 1965 Latour is proof that wine tasting isn’t an exact science and you can never predict the outcome. We opened up a bottle with a fairly low level (mid shoulder) but with no signs of seepage or corrosion on the capsule. And what a surprise this was : this semi translucent maroon fluid diffused a stunning array of smells immediately after pouring.This was the lovely combination of wonderful aromas you’d only expect
from a great classic Bordeaux from an excellent vintage, but nonetheless,here it was : sweet fruitiness (red cherries and berries, ripe plums), tobacco and tar, forest floor, cedar and cigar box and on top of that some more exoticsmells of 5 spices, incense and a whiff of those spanking new leather sandals you just bought in expectation of great summer days to come.On the palate it luckily performs with equal bravado, there’s no denying the quality here : great balance, it’s still fruity and woody, has great alcoholicwarmth and depth and finishes with peach skin soft tannins and a juicy
freshness that keeps it all incredibly vibrant and surprisingly youthful.If there ever is a wine you’d want to put in a blind tasting to simply stun
everyone, the 1965 Latour definitely is it! Great class!