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A sublime retrospective of great Latour vintages

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Image: Derek Hudson

October 06 2010
John Stimpfig

Undoubtedly, the place to be for fine-wine aficionados on November 12 is Morton’s private members’ club (second picture) where Château Latour president Frédéric Engerer (first picture) is presenting a stellar range of 11 of its greatest vintages of the past 60 years.

Just 16 places are available for this sublime retrospective, which has been put on with Morton’s chairman, Marlon Abela. Three vintages will be tasted before dinner (Les Forts de Latour 2003, Château Latour 2001 and 2000). Then a further eight Latours will be poured in pairs to accompany a five-course dinner which has been specially created to complement these legendary vintages.

Some of the wines will be served from magnum and all have been sourced directly from Latour’s own cellars. With prices at £1,900 a ticket, this looks deliciously good value for wines of this age, calibre and value.

Having enjoyed some magical Latour verticals in recent years myself, this is an event not to be missed. I have tasted the ’61 twice and the ’45 just once in my career. These are two of the most complete and perfect wines I have ever experienced. My advice is to book early to avoid disappointment. The list of wines to be served is as follows:

Pre-dinner tasting – Les Forts de Latour 2003; Château Latour 2001 and 2000.

Followed by: Château Latour 1996 and 1995; Château Latour 1982; Les Forts de Latour 1970, Château Latour 1966 and 1964 (magnums); Château Latour 1961 and 1945.