Saturday 7 April 2012
My 100th Post - Easter Dinner with 1999 Château Latour
Any excuse is good to open a bottle of Château Latour, right? :-) I noticed that I have reached the 100th post, and combined with a leg of lamb for tonight, what better excuse could you have for reaching in the cellar and grabbing a bottle of - in my view - the best of the premier cru´s.
We were going to start with a bottle of 1996 Chassagne-Montrachet Les Caillerets from Jean Noël Gagnard, but the ugly cork mosnter reared its ugly head, so we finished the P-M I opened two days ago instead. It was holding great and was truly enjoyed.
But the shining star this night was the Latour - it went perfectly with the succulent leg of lamb with a tart of beets and potatoes and a madeira sauce. Lamb and Bordeuax is one the perfect combinations.
1999 Château Latour
The nose is all about breed, you can feel the history, the pedigree, the care that have gone into making this wine. Deep, fascinating and pure with notes of sweet black currants, expensive leather, fresh stables and cigarr box. Aristocratic down to its smallest component. Just lovely. It has some notes of maturity on the nose.
The taste feels younger than the nose, with young strapping tannins paired with a medium deep, sweet fruit and notes of red and black currants, cigarette ashes, sweet minerals and a touch of oak. Nicely balanced. The finish is long and very fine. Could do with 5+ years in the cellar but there was no problem finishing the bottle of! Classy stuff.
95p (tasted 2012/04)
Too bad I don´t have the financial means to drink more of this great stuff. I finished the night of with a glass of the 15 year old Bual from Cossart Gordon - yummy as always!