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  • Producer ranking ?

    99
  • Decanting time

    45min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Duck Confit with a Merlot Sauce

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 1944

The Bordeaux region, under German rule for much of the war, continued to produce wines through the 1940s, culminating in the great victory year vintage of 1945. While odd bottles from these years do appear at auction most wines have been consumed and it is rare to find a complete original case.

The 1944 Chateau Latour offered for sale was bought by the vendor's father and has remained in the family since it was originally purchased. It has been professionally stored and is in excellent condition. The same cellar has also yielded some 1934 Grande Fine Champagne Cognac, bottled by Jermyn Street wine merchants, Christopher's.

Richard Harvey, International Director of Bonhams Wine department commented, "The 1944 Chateau Latour is an extraordinary wine. The combination of its historical significance and the impending 70th anniversary of this vintage will undoubtedly make it much sought -after over the coming year."

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

ending

Gentle and Extensive

taste

Average in Acidity, Good texture, Mature, Medium-bodied, Round, Focused, Full and Silky tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Well-rounded

Written Notes

Bonhams sale of Fine & Rare Wines on 25th October will feature an eclectic selection of wines including a rare case of 1944 Chateau Latour, estimated at £4,000 - 4,800. This exceptional wine would have been harvested as the allies and French resistance battled to liberate Bordeaux from occupation. The Bordeaux region, under German rule for much of the war, continued to produce wines through the 1940s, culminating in the great victory year vintage of 1945. While odd bottles from these years do appear at auction most wines have been consumed and it is rare to find a complete original case. The 1944 Chateau Latour offered for sale was bought by the vendor's father and has remained in the family since it was originally purchased. It has been professionally stored and is in excellent condition. The same cellar has also yielded some 1934 Grande Fine Champagne Cognac, bottled by Jermyn Street wine merchants, Christopher's. Richard Harvey, International Director of Bonhams Wine department commented, "The 1944 Chateau Latour is an extraordinary wine. The combination of its historical significance and the impending 70th anniversary of this vintage will undoubtedly make it much sought -after over the coming year." Other highlights of the sale include a good selection of classed growth Bordeaux from the 1980s, a case of 1994 Le Pin and a large range of claret from 1997 to 2007 which have been in professional storage since original shipment.
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Average

Value For Money

Poor

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1944  ( Château Latour )

"Bonhams sale of Fine & Rare Wines on 25th October will feature an eclectic selection of wines including a rare case of 1944 Chateau Latour, estimated at £4,000 - 4,800. This exceptional wine would have been harvested as the allies and French resistance battled to liberate Bordeaux from occupation.

The Bordeaux region, under German rule for much of the war, continued to produce wines through the 1940s, culminating in the great victory year vintage of 1945. While odd bottles from these years do appear at auction most wines have been consumed and it is rare to find a complete original case.

The 1944 Chateau Latour offered for sale was bought by the vendor's father and has remained in the family since it was originally purchased. It has been professionally stored and is in excellent condition. The same cellar has also yielded some 1934 Grande Fine Champagne Cognac, bottled by Jermyn Street wine merchants, Christopher's.

Richard Harvey, International Director of Bonhams Wine department commented, "The 1944 Chateau Latour is an extraordinary wine. The combination of its historical significance and the impending 70th anniversary of this vintage will undoubtedly make it much sought -after over the coming year."

Other highlights of the sale include a good selection of classed growth Bordeaux from the 1980s, a case of 1994 Le Pin and a large range of claret from 1997 to 2007 which have been in professional storage since original shipment."

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