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Château Latour, Pauillac, 1st growth 1983
Rich, dark ruby red fading to amber. Wonderfully classy nose with earthy, mineral scents and a seam of blackcurrant fruit. Leafy, slightly vegetal notes beneath. Medium bodied and supple. Mature, beefy flavours of plum and damson fruit, but delightful nuances of fresher violet and floral character and again, a mineral edge that adds complexity. Fine length with a depth of fruit holding up against integrated tannins and some creamy oak. Concentrated and chewy, this is just starting to dry out, but is a very good, balanced wine for drinking over the next 5 or 6 years. Perhaps not a classic Latour, but most enjoyable. (12/98)