Due to the number of wines, I’ve opted to break this Up From The Cellar into multiple parts. This part focuses exclusively on Bordeaux and includes mostly older vintages yet also has many new releases as well as a few barrel samples I was able to taste during my past visit to Bordeaux. Looking at the older releases, there’s a 1959 Château Mouton Rothschild, which was a good, possibly not perfect bottle, but it has a dense, powerful style that wasn’t far off the style of 1986. A 1982 Léoville Poyferré was also drinking beautifully and is at full maturity. There are a handful from 1989 and 1990, as well as some 2000s, 2001s, and 2005s.

Looking at the slightly younger wines, I purchased numerous 2010s locally as well as pulled from my cellar, and this is unquestionably a great vintage, yet the wines are still youthful and in most cases a few years from prime time.

Lastly, I was able to retaste the latest releases from Château Latour, including the 2017 Château Latour, 2018 Les Forts de Latour, and 2019 Pauillac. The 2018 Les Forts de Latour might be the one to buy, and it’s not far off the 2017 Grand Vin in terms of overall quality. Regardless, these are all beautiful, impressive wines.

Thanks for reading, and happy hunting!

By Jeb Dunnuck
Founder & Wine Critic
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