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.
1921 Château Latour
The hottest year since 1893 caused severe problems in the vineyards with shrivelling grapes and in the cellars with vats overheating during the vinification processes. Château Latour was nevertheless able to create a big wine with lovely texture.
Moderately deep, tawny colour with brown tints. The nose is intense and ripe with great extraction. Sweet aromas of ripe black fruits and cooked vegetables enhanced with hints of spiciness and violets. On palate the wine shows its great extraction and power. Broad texture is formed by sweet black fruit flavours that are being pushed by high alcohol. Firm and big tannic structure balances the ripe fruit although the acidity level remains moderately low. Long savoury finish. Voluptuous wine with intensive power forming a more fleshy and meaty wine than a refined and elegant one in style. Drinking beautifully now but will keep for another five to ten years.