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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

SEPTEMBER 2017

5 VINTAGES

CHÂTEAU LATOUR 2005

1

er

cru, AC Pauillac

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2005 Latour

(87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest

Merlot and Petit Verdot) is a spectacular

effort from Château Latour. It has an inky

plum/purple color and a gorgeous nose

of graphite, crème de cassis, and floral notes

with some forest floor in the background.

It is full-bodied, super-concentrated, and

for my taste, probably one of the two or

three most intense, rich, and complex wines

of the entire Médoc. The wine has great

texture, purity and a finish of close to 40 or

45 seconds. The tannins are surprisingly

sweet, even in this large-scaled, masculine

wine. Drink it over the next 50+ years.

Score:

98

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

, June 28, 2015)

515924 (XD) 750 mL $2,035.00

CHÂTEAU ROL VALENTIN 2004

AC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

TaSTING NOTE:

Fresh and aromatic,

with blackberry, chocolate and raspberry.

a gorgeous nose. Full-bodied, yet

balanced and refined, with caressing

tannins and a long finish. Wonderful

for the vintage. Harmonious. Consistently

outstanding. Best after 2010. Score:

92

(James Suckling,

winespectator.com

,

March 31, 2007)

663575 (XD) 750 mL $85.00

CHÂTEAU FERRIÈRE 2000

3

e

cru, AC Margaux

TaSTING NOTE:

Rather modern in feel,

with lush black Mission fig and blackberry

cobbler flavors that have mellowed nicely,

allowing the supple structure to stay

balanced as light tobacco, ganache and

tar threads emerge steadily on the finish.

Still rather rich and youthfully polished

in feel, though also seems like this is the

peak. 2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective

(December 2015). Drink now through

2020. Score:

90

(James Molesworth,

winespectator.com

, 2016)

72330 (XD) 750 mL $200.00

CHÂTEAU LATOUR 2000

1

er

cru, AC Pauillac

James Suckling awarded this wine a rating

of

100

points calling it “...Mind-blowing

on the palate...” and “... an emotional and

soulful red.” (

jamessuckling.com

, april 27,

2014)

TaSTING NOTE:

The 2000 Latour

(a relatively abundant 14,000 cases

compared to what they produced in 2009,

2008, or 2005) is “packed and stacked.”

The extremely rich, black/purple color to

the rim is followed by a wine with some

subtle smoke, loads of minerals, a hint of

vanilla, and plenty of creme de cassis as

well as roasted meat and a slight scorched

earth character. Broad, savory, and rich,

the wine seems to be about 5 years away

from full maturity and should drink well

for at least 40-50 more years. a great

effort, probably eclipsed only by 2003

and 2009. Drink 2010-2060. Score:

98

(Robert Parker Jr.,

robertparker.com

,

June 28, 2010)

943001 (XD) 750 mL $2,239.00

CHATEAU LAMISSION HAUT

BRION 1995

AC Pessac-Léognan,

Cru Classé de Graves

TaSTING NOTE:

This vintage is aging at

a glacial pace and the tannins are currently

more significant than their counter balancing

components of fruit and glycerin. While

the word “potential” seems to be the most

positive descriptor for this vintage, there

are some nagging doubts about whether

all the tannins will melt away and the

fruit will hold. as in most 1995s, the color

remains a healthy dark plum/purple.

One of the bigger wines of the vintage,

the ripe, powerful Merlot component has

buttressed the Cabernet elements,

giving the wine plenty of body, tannin and

La Mission’s classic asphalt, cassis,

blackberry, smoky barbecue, meaty notes

intermixed with a hint of hot rocks. The

1995 is still a young wine and I am

beginning to wonder if this vintage overall

will resemble 1975 rather than something

with more charm? anticipated maturity:

2020-2035? Score:

95+

(Robert Parker

Jr.,

robertparker.com

, aug. 30, 2012)

513119 (XD) 750 mL $656.00