Parker 98 points: Dark garnet with considerable amber, the nearly perfect 1899 exhibited a stunningly sweet nose of roasted herbs, smoked meats, underbrush, cedar, and sweet fruit with noticeable overripeness, as evidenced by marmalade notes. In the mouth, the wine was full-bodied, plush, and opulent, with roasted coffee flavors competing with sweet glycerin. The finish was all velvet, glycerin, and alcohol, with no intrusive acidity or tannin. This splendid wine proves the extraordinary aging potential of great Bordeaux.
The 47 hectares which surround the Château, the heart of the estate, are called "l'Enclos". Only the grapes from these 47 ha make the "Grand Vin de Château Latour". The vines in this vineyard are very old, some of them being centenarian. This "Enclos" benefits from a very unique terroir that combines an optimized sub-soil nutrition for the vines, the Gironde river which tempers extreme weather conditions, and a typical Médoc climate, largely influenced by the Atlantic ocean, which allows the grapes to reach maturation under favourable conditions.