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  • Country ranking ?

    4 969
  • Producer ranking ?

    80
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now
  • Food Pairing

    Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese

The Story

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.

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Vintage 1943

During the first half of the 1940s, wine was produced in the middle of a world conflagration. Even though the occupying force set the terms for selling wine, they still respected the winemakers’ work by paying for the wine they drank, instead of simply confiscating it. This had a positive influence on the winemakers' desire to produce wine during wartime. And even though wartime vintages are not very highly acclaimed, they were in actual fact comparatively good, both in terms of red and white wines. Unfortunately few have stood the test of time after decades in storage.

The growing season in 1943 got off to a rip-roaring start, when the germination phase was already over at the beginning of June. This was followed by a dry, hot summer, which generally ensures excellent weather conditions. The relatively small crop was harvested in perfect weather, thus making for a truly outstanding year. The year turned out even better for the Pomerol and Saint-Émilion regions. Médoc wines are characteristically very tannic, but they all too often lack intensity and nuance. Due to the small production lots, these wines are now extremely hard to come by.

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Average Bottle Price

2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
1 121€ -31.8% 1 644€ +87.7% 876€ +132.4% 377€ +36.6% 276€ +32.1% 209€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

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We were back to Bordeaux with a 1943 Latour, the second time I have had this ancient, rare wine this year. Thankfully, Jason had/has a (now partial) case J. Its nose was deep, chunky and chocolaty, showing unexpected strength from an unheralded vintage. Its flavors were wheaty and a touch porty, but it still had some up front freshness to its hint of game. Deep and dark, this was a classic Latour, although my previous notes revealed the last bottle was a bit better. At this age, it all comes down to the bottle, even when from the same case (91).
  • 91p

It was very mature wine, somewhat tart and quite light, but with relatively good balance. Had peaked 10-15 years ago and was well on the way to dry out.

  • 86p
Hazy, brownish and moderately light in colour. Reserved nose shows evolved aromas of earthiness, nuttiness and animal. The palate is medium-bodied and very vivid with herbaceous flavours - eucalyptus! Light and refined tannins serves well this delicately structured wine.
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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

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86p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Latour 1943  ( Château Latour )

It was very mature wine, somewhat tart and quite light, but with relatively good balance. Had peaked 10-15 years ago and was well on the way to dry out.

7m 20d ago

89p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1943  ( Château Latour )

"Hazy, brownish and moderately light in colour. Reserved nose shows evolved aromas of earthiness, nuttiness and animal. The palate is medium-bodied and very vivid with herbaceous flavours - eucalyptus! Light and refined tannins serves well this delicately structured wine. "

2y 6m ago

91p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1943  ( Château Latour )

"We were back to Bordeaux with a 1943 Latour, the second time I have had this ancient, rare wine this year. Thankfully, Jason had/has a (now partial) case J. Its nose was deep, chunky and chocolaty, showing unexpected strength from an unheralded vintage. Its flavors were wheaty and a touch porty, but it still had some up front freshness to its hint of game. Deep and dark, this was a classic Latour, although my previous notes revealed the last bottle was a bit better. At this age, it all comes down to the bottle, even when from the same case (91)."

3y 8m ago

93p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1943  ( Château Latour )

"We shifted gears to a couple reds, beginning with a rare 1943 Latour, a bottle that came from the Noble Family Latour Collection we sold in Hong Kong last year, so I knew we were in for a treat. Even though 1943 wasn’t a great vintage and seventy years old, its fruit was fresh with cassis dripping from it. There was some pleasant minerality still to it, along with snowcapped fruit. Its nose stayed on the rocky side, but its palate was softer and more supple, caressing and beautiful. There was just enough acidity to make it still interesting, and there was no question this was in as good condition as this wine could be at this point (93)."

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