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1997 Latour

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1997 Latour from Chateau Latour, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 1997 vintage from Chateau Latour is a wine that demonstrates the alchemy of viticulture and the tender embrace of an unyielding terroir in an otherwise challenging year across Bordeaux. Embodying the resilience and hallmark finesse of Pauillac, this offering stands as a testament to the savoir-faire at play within the celebrated walls of Chateau Latour.


The Fabric of Vintage: A Study in Tenacity

For investors and collectors alike, provenance is paramount, and the narrative of the 1997 Latour speaks to those who value the journey as much as the destination. This vintage resonated with a cooler whisper through the vines; an echo of restraint that shaped its destiny with precision rather than power. As I explore the labyrinthine layers of this wine, I am met with a subtle interplay between blackcurrant and cedar, grounded by the earthy robustness that Pauillac so often imparts.


Time’s Gentle Hand: Maturing with Grace

In its youth, the 1997 Latour presented as a bashful contender amidst its more flamboyant peers. Yet time has favoured this vintage with a gentle hand, embellishing its structured tannins and weaving them into a silkier composite. Now, whispers of tobacco and a hint of truffle serve as delicate adornments to its core dark fruit profile.

Investors seeking a vintage with an intriguing story—the tale of adversity elegantly conquered—will find an affinity with the 1997 Latour. It metamorphosed with an understated complexity that suggests its plateau of maturity may endure, promising continued evolution rather than imminent descent.


Conclusion: A Scribe’s Perspective on 1997 Latour

Within each bottle of 1997 Latour lies a living narrative of transformation—one that moves from quiet travail to quiet triumph. It endears itself not just as an investable asset in fine wine portfolios but also as a source of contemplative enjoyment for those fortunate enough to encounter it. As we look towards future prospects and retrospectives on this resolute vintage, let us appreciate the delicate equilibrium that 1997 Latour achieves—between resilience, finesse and the passage of time.

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Compared to Lafite ’97, this seems more mature on the nose and lacking the similar sense of harmony. Blackberry, cedar, damson, cigar box – but just lacking some vigour and chutzpah. The palate is better than the nose, harmonious with Latour’s signature firmness. Great definition, more weight than Lafite with notes of blackberry, leather, tobacco and a touch of game leading to a tannic, natural, tobacco-infused finish. A conservative Latour that does not particularly transcend the vintage. Drink now-2018. Tasted September 2006.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2008


A flavorful, savory Latour, without a great deal of density or power, the 1997 exhibits sweet, walnut-tinged, black currant fruit intertwined with minerals and subtle wood. Nicely-textured, with adequate acidity, ripe tannin, and a medium-bodied finish, this smooth effort should drink well for 12-14 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 20 April 2000

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