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.
1911 Château Latour
A hot summer and drought that continued until late in the fall produced many superb, though quite harsh wines in Bordeaux. Latour has been regarded as an exceptionally soft and calm wine at least compared to the other first growth wines. None the less at least the wine I now got to taste had kept its backbone well, but was still a gentle and sophisticated wine.
As a Latour it was surprisingly light and delicate, if tasted blind I would have thought the wine´s origin to be Pomerol. Already after 30 minutes from decanting the wine started to lose its fine qualities, and after one hour it was completely dead. A strange experience as a Latour, similar characteristics with Latour 1918, but quite pleasant as long as it lasted!