The 1961 Latour is served blind against the Palmer and it comes off second best on this occasion. But that should not take anything away from a quite stupendous Pauillac. Intense black fruit laced with graphite and crushed stone, it is deeply impressive but perhaps lacks a warm personality compared to the Margaux. The palate is medium-bodied with intense black fruit laced with graphite and tobacco, gradually building in the glass towards its structure and persistent finish. Layers of black fruit coat the mouth and there is a slight trace of seaweed, Japanese nori, on the aftertaste. Magnificent. Tasted at the 1961 dinner Chairman Miaow’s in Hong Kong.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2050
Amazing deep crimson – quite staggering depth of colour. This particular bottle seemed even more youthful than either of those I have been lucky enough to taste so far this year. So thick and dense and concentrated, but unctuous too. Bone dry on the finish and more potential than actuality for the moment. I can hardly believe the drinking dates I am suggesting for this wine!
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2040