Chateau Latour rare bottling by owners 1921
|Classification||Premier Cru Classe|
Among the renowned five first-growths of the Medoc and Graves, the two Pauillacs, Lafite-Rothschild and Latour (Mouton was not a first-growth in 1921), were the shining stars. The 1921 Latour exhibited the densest color of the Medocs, with a moderately dark ruby/garnet color with an amber/orange rim. Tannin dominated the high alcohol flavors. This wine revealed a port-like texture, with notes of fruitcake, coffee, tobacco, and over-ripe fruit. Although it is losing its balance as the tannin becomes dominant (at the expense of the wine's fruit, this is still a flavorful, full-bodied, intriguing example of Latour that has remained an outstanding wine. Other than a handful of 1921s that ranged from several surprisingly strong examples of Montrose, to old, decrepit bottles of Cheval Blanc, this great vintage has largely escaped my palate. But to paraphrase the late A.J. Liebling, "if you can't afford them, then it's nice to know someone who can." 1921 was one of those extremely hot Bordeaux growing seasons (more recently 1947, 1949, 1959, 1982, 1989, and 1990 have enjoyed similar summers and harvests). Because of high alcohol, low acidity, and a certain fragility to the wines, the vintage has always been considered to be very great, but short-lived.. This flight represented an extraordinary, once in a lifetime opportunity to look at some of that vintage's greatest wines - all purchased from private cellars in Europe in pristine condition. Only the Gruaud Larose had been recorked.