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  • Country ranking ?

    189
  • Producer ranking ?

    7
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    forget the food

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 1945

It was the result of a combination of freak climatic conditions with very favourable weather throughout the growth period until after the harvest. The freak weatherconsisted of heavy frosts on 1 and 2 May 1945 ; the vineyard, which had until then been showing growth three weeks ahead of schedule, was very badly affected.
The vineyard after the war looked completely different from that of today, with no replanting, no manuring or fertilizing and having suffered for years from the lack of suitable treatment against disease and other depredations.
The yields per hectare at the time were between 15-20 hl., produced from old vines, which accounts for the tiny crop.
This combination of factors accounted for the fact that the Médoc yielded an even smaller crop that year.
At Latour it was very concentrated and very rich : 54 tonneaux produced.
The vinification had been difficult. After the running-off, the wines of many properties showed volatile acidity and reducing sugars, but those in good condition at the outset remained so and produced an extraordinary vintage.

 

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
3 289€ +48.7% 2 212€ -22.2% 2 843€ -4.1% 2 966€ -14.5% 3 469€ -7.6% 3 754€ +41.7% 2 650€ +72.1% 1 540€ +14.8% 1 342€ +71.0% 785€

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.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

30 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Brick red and Healthy

ending

Medium, Spicy and Pure

flavors

Earthy, Pepper, Bread, Coffee, Cedar and Cigar-box

nose

Intense, Ripe, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, Well-structured, Perfectly balanced, Balanced, Full-bodied, Weak, Ripe, Rich and Firm

Verdict

Impressive and Full-bodied

Written Notes

As for the other wines in the flight, the 1945 Latour was not as good as usual. I consistently rate this wine around 98 points as well, but this bottle was a bit stripped and possibly reconditioned. It wasn’t off; it just wasn’t a great bottle (93). The 1959 Mouton Rothschild had the disservice of following the Lafite and was no match for it despite being an outstanding wine. There were more black fruits and signature mint here, but it was a softer, kinder claret that had a gamy finish (95). The 1959 Petrus was an Eschenauer negociant bottling and off (DQ).
  • 93p
The great 1945 vintage was the result of a combination of freak climatic conditions with very favourable weather throughout the growth period until after the harvest. The freak weather consisted of heavy frosts on 1 and 2 May, the vineyard, which had until then been showing growth three weeks ahead of schedule, was very badly affected. The vineyard after the war looked completely different from that of today, with no replanting, no maturing or fertilizing and having suffered for years from the lack of suitable treatment against disease and other depredations. The yields per hectare at the time were between 15-20 hl, produced from old vines, which accounts for the tiny crop. This combination of factors accounted for the fact that the Médoc yielded an even smaller crop that year. At Latour it was very concentrated and very rich: 54 tonneaux produced. The vinification had been difficult. After the running off, the wines of many properties showed volatile acidity and reducing sugars, but those in good condition at the outset remained so and produced an extraordinary vintage. Bottle was a bit damaged from outside, no capsule and only leftovers of label left. Otherwise it has healthy looking colour and level was top-shoulder. Decanted three hours. Dark, deep colour. Open, ripe and spicy on the nose. This wine is even now a real blockbuster with well-expressed fruit and a marvellous purity throughout. Warm, seductive wine without being overly powerful. Very well designed tannic structure and a
  • 82p
Very deep red color, huge and exciting bouquet with aromas of plum, tropical fruits, flowers and smoke. On palate magnificent with elegant tannins, mint chocolate and perfect multi layered structure. Never ending finish, wow!
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

When bottled

1946-1947

Release state price

3€

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass Time

1h

Drinking Temperature

17

Inside Information


The extraordinary amount of bottle variation that is frequently evident when tasting wines over 20-years of age comes to mind regarding this 1945 Latour. Recently, in Bordeaux, I drank a bottle with Michel Rolland and Jean-Michel Arcaute, from a private cellar in Libourne. The wine was volatile, fading, and disappointing. Several bottles tasted before that had also been excessively tannic and ungenerous, although admirable, if only because of their size and massiveness. The bottle drunk in July, 1992, which I noted had been recorked* and topped off two years ago at the chateau, was extraordinary. The color was a dense, impressive garnet with hues of purple, and no trace of amber. With airing, the nose revealed penetratingly rich aromas of walnuts, cassis, cedar, and herbs. In the mouth, the wine was muscular and exceptionally rich, and while the hard, formidable tannins of the 1945 vintage were still present, there were lavish quantities of sweet fruit for balance. This bottling tasted immortal. It could have easily lasted for another 50 years.
* Note: Most of my experiences with re-corked bottles have been noteworthy only in the sense that the re-corked wine tasted less impressive than the same wine with its original cork!

 

 

Wine Advocate #84
Dec 1992
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 99 Drink: N/A $3395-$5841
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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"As for the other wines in the flight, the 1945 Latour was not as good as usual. I consistently rate this wine around 98 points as well, but this bottle was a bit stripped and possibly reconditioned. It wasn’t off; it just wasn’t a great bottle (93). The 1959 Mouton Rothschild had the disservice of following the Lafite and was no match for it despite being an outstanding wine. There were more black fruits and signature mint here, but it was a softer, kinder claret that had a gamy finish (95). The 1959 Petrus was an Eschenauer negociant bottling and off (DQ)."

1y 24d ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"our first 1945 not served from magnum. Its nose was meaty, rich, saucy and complex. It had that smell of sweet nuts that you get from the carts on the streets of New York, and great spice to match. Its nose was incredible, and its palate beat to the same drum"

1y 3m ago

97p
 Juha Jormanainen, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"Very deep red color, huge and exciting bouquet with aromas of plum, tropical fruits, flowers and smoke. On palate magnificent with elegant tannins, mint chocolate and perfect multi layered structure. Never ending finish, wow! "

1y 9m ago

97p
 Juha Jormanainen, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"Very deep red color, strong boquet with flowers, plum, and little smoke. On palate wide, strong but elegant and charming with strong aromas of mint chocolate and dark berries. Everlasting finish... "

1y 10m ago

99p
 Ronan Sayburn MS , Sommelier (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"Bright cherry red centre fading to a mahogany rim, wonderful lustre. Nose still ripe and sweet, gingerbread, pain d’epices, dried orange rind, strawberry and cranberry aromas, some spicy cedar wood aromas, palate round sweet and long, complex sous bois and mushrooms hints, soft tannins, fresh acidity, very long. "

2y 4m ago

96p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"Moderately intense, brick red colour. The complex nose delivers a blueblooded and classic Latour aromas – smoky, licorice, mineral such as wet slate. Very concentrated body with refined and firm structure. Full-bodied, pure and sincere, and so refined tannins. Long, persistent and majestic wine. "

2y 5m ago

82p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"The great 1945 vintage was the result of a combination of freak climatic conditions with very favourable weather throughout the growth period until after the harvest. The freak weather consisted of heavy frosts on 1 and 2 May, the vineyard, which had until then been showing growth three weeks ahead of schedule, was very badly affected.

The vineyard after the war looked completely different from that of today, with no replanting, no maturing or fertilizing and having suffered for years from the lack of suitable treatment against disease and other depredations.
The yields per hectare at the time were between 15-20 hl, produced from old vines, which accounts for the tiny crop. This combination of factors accounted for the fact that the Médoc yielded an even smaller crop that year.
At Latour it was very concentrated and very rich: 54 tonneaux produced.
The vinification had been difficult. After the running off, the wines of many properties showed volatile acidity and reducing sugars, but those in good condition at the outset remained so and produced an extraordinary vintage.

Bottle was a bit damaged from outside, no capsule and only leftovers of label left. Otherwise it has healthy looking colour and level was top-shoulder. Decanted three hours. Dark, deep colour. Open, ripe and spicy on the nose. This wine is even now a real blockbuster with well-expressed fruit and a marvellous purity throughout. Warm, seductive wine without being overly powerful. Very well designed tannic structure and a "

2y 7m ago

98p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"A 1945 Latour reaffirmed the fact that 1945 is likely the greatest vintage of all-time. This was a spectacular bottle with a rich, sweet nose full of cassis, black fruit and walnut. It kept getting richer, deeper and blacker. There was amazing ‘fruit concentration’ per one, along with delicious chocolate flavors. Big Mike found it ‘very rich,’ while La Machina noted ‘a touch of gym socks.’ Gentleman Jim found it more like ‘panties.’ It was about that time (98)."

3y 7m ago

93p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"Medium bodied, silky texture, vivid acidity, gentle tannins good grip, well concentrated. Long finish with restrained fruit finish. Savory and dry finish. Mouthdrying tannic structure in the end.

Decant 1 hour. Ready now, but will last another 15 years."

4y 5m ago

97p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"D 2 h / G 2 h
Intensely dark brick red colour. Very concentrated nose shows rich aromas of black currants, blueberries, led pencil, violets and dark chocolate. Promising depth and complexity on the nose does not follow as expected on the palate. Rich medium-bodied palate stands out firm and solid with refined tannins and vivid acidity. The fruit is less dominant and high mineral taste is very apparent. Restrained and long-lasting finish is dominated by elegant tannins. The refinement of the wine plus the Latour factor for slow maturing lead me to assume that this wine has still amazing potential. Drinking well now, but will keep two more decades.
"

4y 6m ago

99p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"The outside of the bottle was slightly damaged, no capsule and only remnants of the label remained. Otherwise it had a healthy looking colour and the level was top-shoulder. Decanted three hours. Dark, deep colour. Open, ripe and spicy on the nose. This wine is even now a real blockbuster with well-expressed fruit and a marvellous purity throughout. Warm, seductive wine without being overly powerful. Very well designed tannic structure and a certain earthiness on the finish. An absolute tour de force. Tasted 8 times with similar notes."

4y 8m ago

99p
 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Latour 1945  ( Château Latour )

"Gorgeour 1959 La Mission Haut-Brion. First, I would like to correct a common misconception: Château La Mission Haut-Brion is not now, nor has it ever been, the number two wine from Château Haut-Brion; in fact, the two estates were never even under the same ownership until the Dillons acquired it in 1983.The 1959 is not far behind the 1961 in quality. It has provided enjoyment for a long time and will continue to do so for a good many years."

4y 8m ago

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