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The first bottle of Latour 2003 was opened in February 2011. I figured that being a hot year it could be ready earlier than its usual 20 years. I was wrong. Drinkable yes, but far from ready. Second bottle March 2014, more developed but still not ready. Third bottle April 2014 almost but not quite.

On vintage and provenance

Remember that wines have a finite life, and hoarding a bottle may well result in a "dead" drink.
Mar 27, 2015 5:50 AM

A FEW days ago, I got a call from a friend asking what he should do with a "dead" bottle of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 1985? He and a friend shared a complete case of the wine which they had bought from a London wine merchant and it had been sent out by air to Singapore recently. This was the