Latour's headless bottle


The two films below were made last Thursday night before a quite extraordinary dinner at Ch Latour during which 12 vintages spanning at least 12 decades were tasted. I will publish a full report on Purple pages tomorrow.

The first video shows the opening of one of the unusual glass-stoppered litre bottles of wine languishing in Latour's cellars. The Latour team don't yet know how old it is but believe it to have been made before 1858, the oldest known vintage in the cellar. Their plan is to have the dregs analysed and to be able to date it more accurately.

This bottle had to be opened using heated port tongs – hence becoming the headless bottle shown above with the broken stopper next to it. As you can see, this unusual operation was extensively recorded. 

The second short film shows part of the progress from the cellars to the château itself, where a dozen of us tasted these 12 wines over dinner. Yes, it was tough...