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Latour à Pomerol 1981I drank the wine because of a Facebook discussion. It was about a bottle of L'Evangile 1981, characterized by a wine friend with the short, pithy word: "disappointed". Of course, that's when the discussion started: "I also had an 81 10 days ago, unfortunately it wasn't a pleasure either." And we had already arrived at the 1981 Bordeaux vintage, which was already controversial at the time: "For those regrettably ill-informed people who call 1981 a classic vintage, this term simply means that it is a typically good Bordeaux vintage with medium-weight, well-balanced, graceful wines. However, despite a round dozen of excellent wines, 1981 is in reality only a good vintage, surpassed in quality by most recent vintages," Parker wrote ten years ago.(2004). Today, the vintage is considered to be rather weak - also due to the development of the wines: "81 has probably long since gone to the eternal hunting grounds in Bx, with very few exceptions. It was simply not a long-lived year". And a conclusion: "I'll never understand why you can buy BDX vintages like 1981 'today'".

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