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.
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."