Wine #1: Journey with '06 Latour

Dec 28, 2021,10:56 AM

Sorry for the delayed post, but as with many of you, i have definitely been enjoying some time off with the family.

So, for our Christmas Eve dinner, we had the incredible privilege to enjoy a 2006 Chateau Latour, which was paired with a short tasting menu by the resort Italian Restaurant.

As this is my first wine post,  I will try my best to describe the experience with a basic vernacular and vocabulary (apologies if I offend anybody with my caveman palate and observations!).

First, upon receiving the bottle, after being somewhat intrigued by the documentary "Sour Grapes" (a good watch, BTW) I was very curious about provenance and authenticity.

It turns out that this particular bottle, whilst produced in 2006, was released in 2018 and as such had implemented some major security features. I imagine this is not new to many of the collectors on the board who commonly order cases from the finest producers, but I found it to be pretty novel and perhaps something for watch manufacturers to consider in the future smile

After confirming online that the bottle (or at least the label) was indeed authentic, following advice from the wonderful emcquillan, we decanted it around 3.5 hours prior to start of dinner.

Upon decanting, the cork had bright, mineraly aroma, the wine itself dark purple to reddish brown in colour, with very light sediment at the bottom, only appearing within the last ounce. We took a small amount in a glass, and upon aeration, could observe primarily a bold and bright graphite/mineral flavour, raspberry, oak, coffee with some light acidity. Clearly we could tell the wine had a strong personality and many layers of complexity, but definitely needed the decanting time to mature smile

Fast forward 4 hours later, we began our meal at the Italian restaurant. The dinner menu was as below, a short but rich combination of dishes from both land and sea.

So now the star of the show comes out, and perhaps it is different lighting, but the colour is a deep purple. Upon swirling, immediately one can sense a more elegant (but still bright) graphite scent, medium body and legs,  with hints of tobacco and raspberry, and first sip - WOW - elegant minerality combined with bright fruitiness, with a hint of coffee, vanilla, black currant, with a velvety texture and incredible aftertaste from the tannins.

At about 5 hours after decanting, I think the wine approached peak flavour around the risotto course, and we wholeheartedly completed the bottle in the midst of the wagyu portion at 5.5 hours post decanting, which was paired very nicely with the Latour.

Overall, I must say the '06 Latour was spectacular - it had an incredibly bright and bold personality that elicited more "wows" than "mmms" than I expected. In the watch world, it reminded me a little bit of Audemars Piguet, still haute horologerie but with a bit more audacity than the other marques.

Many thanks again for the opportunity to share this experience. And again, a special thank you to emcquillan for his advice and guidance.

Cheers to all of you and....

Now onto bottle 2!


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Thanks much for the feedback!

 By: pfang56 : December 28th, 2021-13:14
I'm on a journey to explore and train further - as shared earlier, I believe in trying to experience the extremes in order to create guideposts. Hopefully it does not set the bar too high Cheers Peter

Trying my best..

 By: pfang56 : December 28th, 2021-13:14
Always helps to have some Italian food to inspire the meal Cheers Peter

Thank you so much!!

 By: pfang56 : December 28th, 2021-16:24
Appreciate the note - and hope to share more soon. Cheers and happy holidays, Peter

You did very well with your review Peter!

 By: emcquillan : December 28th, 2021-15:47
Your post made me both hungry and eager to enjoy a fine bottle of wine. Unfortunately, after Christmas I am on a much needed four day smoothie cleanse. New Year's Eve - I can't wait! I am so glad you were patient and were able to sample the wine over 5.5 ... 

And a big thank you to you!!!

 By: pfang56 : December 28th, 2021-16:33
Certainly your posts have been a source of inspiration and courage to proceed with a little wine tasting adventure here on holidays. You were absolutely spot on with the decanting time - it was incredible to sense the transformation - beginning with flirt... 

Wow! Thanks for inviting us along!

 By: patrick_y : December 29th, 2021-22:19
We should have a rule. In the future, all posts involving good food (and wine) ought to have a moderator present! Only exception would be the COVID pandemic situation. (I'm joking of course). Looks like a wonderful event!