1996 Chateau Latour Pauillac France
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A little austere at first compared to the previous vintage, the concentration of this wine then takes on a delightfully rich aspect: it combines a surprisingly classic, balanced, solid tannic structure that has perfect, plump tannins thanks to a superb maturity, with very pure fruit.
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.
Rated 100 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate