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    93.8 Tb
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    38
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History

This charming château, embellished by a small tower, is located close to the church in the village of Pomerol. Acquired in 1917 by Mrs. Loubat, the then famous proprietor of PETRUS, the vineyard was owned by her niece, Mrs. Lacoste, for 40 years before she donated it to the Fondation de Foyers de Charité de Châteauneuf de Galaure in 2002.

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Vineyards

The vineyard, with an average age of 35 years, is characterised by its soil diversity: rather loamy soil around the château itself and more gravelly and clayey on the best blocks near the church.
Farming the property since 1962, Ets. Jean-Pierre MOUEIX brings the usual care and expertise to the vineyard - entirely replanted after the 1956 frost - and to the cellar. After a gentle fermentation in concrete tanks, the young wine is aged in 33% new oak barrels. 

Production : approximately 30,000 bottle

Appellation : Pomerol

Owner : F.F.C. Donation Mme L. P. Lacoste-Loubat

Planted acreage : 20 acres

Grape varieties : 90% Merlot - 10% Cabernet Franc

Type of soil : 2/3 gravel with clay - 1/3 clay loam

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Winemaking

The grapes (90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc) are hand-harvested and then fermented in temperature controlled concrete vats. The wine is then matured in small oak barrels (50% new) for 18 months. It is bottled unfiltered. Latour á Pomerol produces sumptuous, meaty, concentrated and full-bodied Pomerols that often require at least 10 years of cellaring. In the context of other top class Pomerols, they remain under-priced.

 

 

 

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FOOD PAIRINGS:

Great with lamb. For pairing with Bordeaux, look for the more refined and simply prepared cuts such as loin chops, rib chops and a rack of lamb. These classic dishes can be a divine pairing with Bordeaux. More aromatic, rustic and spicy preparations of lamb often call for a wine with a bit more of a chewy, rustic and herbal character.

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 Juha Jormanainen, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  4 wines 

Château Rieussec 2001 / Almost amber yellow color. Nose full of apricot and honey, you could almost chew it. On palate little too much acidity, but still wonderful – loads of exotic sweet fruit tastes. Just buy a bottle and taste it, then you know. Not a 100 points wine just now, maybe some years later, but still 98 points. Prize-quality ratio is one of the best ever.

1m 22d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  126 wines 

Every now and again one stumbles across a paradox that confounds the accepted natural order of things. The 2016 Bordeaux vintage was born out of a growing season that was near-catastrophe and near-perfection. After the Hesperian Dragon’s relentless torment, the Titan God Atlas had seemingly kept the sky aloft with the help of a Phoenix. Following five months of diabolical weather patterns, a warm to hot dry summer arrived in the nick of time, not only saving a vintage, but creating one of the most spectacular vintages in a lifetime.


 The sense of relief in Bordeaux must have been as thrilling as avoiding the bullet of Russian Roulette, or the adrenalin of surviving a base-jump. The razor’s edge has never been so exquisitely fine. While the end result is not always perfect, with the odd abrasions here and there, the overall quality of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage is remarkably consistent with many Chateaux making some of their best wines in 50 years. Typically, the wines have deep colours, pure fruit aromatics, generous saturated flavours, dense rich tannin structures and bell clear acidities. Precision, freshness, elegance, smoothness and “delicate opulence” are words that are being used by various Chateaux to describe their wines.


 The Bordelais are, of course, the world’s greatest spin doctors. They leave snake charmers for dead when it comes to the art of mesmerising. The newly opened and impressive Cité du Vin, which sits on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux, sparkles like a polished turd; a monument to the exaggerations and optimism of this particular type of fine wine game. Momentum is achieved through belief. There is no room for wavering or self-doubt.

5m 4d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

5m 8d ago

 Mikke Frisk, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  28 wines 

DRC Romanée-Conti 1961, Pétrus 1961, Unico 1961, Krug 1961, Château margaux 1961....etc.

7m 20d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Who says China gets all the Lafite? Not The Mogul, who pulled out a 1959 Lafite Rothschild next. What a great bottle, this was clearly deeper and darker than the 1961. There was much more forest and cedar to this black Knight and night of a wine. Gentleman Jim noted ‘cinnamon, allspice and clove.’ Its flavors showed carob again, but this time with layers of caramel on top. This was a rich and saucy wine with nice concentrate to it in a grape seed and oil kind of way. There were solid desert flavors on its dry finish. This ‘screamed’ Lafite to Big Boy (97).

8m 7d ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  11 wines 

I rarely award 100 points to a wine but here I did it for Ausone, Mouton Rothschild, Haut Brion, Margaux, Trotanoy, Lafleur, La Mission Haut Brion, 1968 Martha's Vineyard, 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle and 1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional. Thank you Robert for an unbelievable evening with the nicest of guests, a fantastic dinner at the marvelous Hotel Königshof in Munich. The wine service was, as always, impeccable led by the star sommelier Stephane Thuriot.

9m 5d ago

 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  29 wines 

The tasting of the year - Vintage 1961 - 11 wines got full 100 points!

9m 25d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  12 wines 

The 1961 Petrus, as usual, was the top of the pyramid. This was a classic wine in every which way. This was a lot of people’s wine of the night, including mine. While my notes were waning, I did find it ‘rock solid with enough fine chalk and stone for a quarry,’ and its fruit was ‘absolutely perfect.’ It also got a ‘longggggggg’ (99pts).

9m 27d ago

 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  8 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  7 wines 

Latour-a-Pomerol 1959 / What a bouquet! We have a mélange of chocolate, cherry, cassis, blackberries, and licorice, all seeming to rejoice in each other’s company. A feminine wine, yet with voluptuous wiles, elegant and plush at once.


The tannins are beautifully silky, sweet dark fruit past the mid palate, some cinnamon and traces of orange emerge, some caramel notes as it builds so vivaciously to a rich, rounded, layered, sensual, reverberating finish that leaves you with bliss on the palate. This is a magnificent ’59, absolutely no handicapping needed, vinous bounty with ravishing class. 98 Points+

11m 7d ago

 Li Yong Liú, Wine Dealer (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Château Ausone 2007 / Dark ripe nose with leather, plum, mint, strawberry jam. Beautifully textured on palate with juicy sweet fruit, velvety tannins, a certain note of drier fruit like prunes and some woody notes. Classical and aristocratic texture with great complexity and length. Warm, ripe and big, but very finely balanced and precise. 

11m 9d ago

 Michael Scott / Wine Importer, Pro (Canada)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Bordeaux 2007 Tasting -Part I  Right Bank / 2007 Vintage was marked by regular rainfall all summer long and a beautiful month of September. The wines are aromatic and have retained great freshness. 


After an exceptionally warm month of April, the weather deteriorated starting in May. July was cool and wet, followed by a dry spell in early August, then showers at the end of that month. Fine weather returned in September, with three weeks of ideal conditions: hot days and cool nights.  The weather was more variable by the end of the month, with a few showers, although none were heavy or long-lasting.


 

11m 16d ago

 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  8 wines  from  Château Latour-à-Pomerol . In a tasting of  9 wines 

“Latour-a-Pomerol Dinner part I / Latour-a-Pomerol 1970
This is a stand-out wine, and one of the most memorable of the evening, certainly a shining example of the vintage. Dark berries, plums and chocolate on the enticing bouquet here. Earthy, with truffled plums and enchanting creamy berries as it opens, some wisps of smokiness, velvety and textured at the mid palate, sweet black cherries emerge next. This has nice lift, superb focus, a seductive Merlot sweetness, cocoa, cherry and earth on the rounded, plush, generous, exclamatory finale. This is a wine that should grow still further in stature and appeal. 96 Points+

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