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  • Country ranking ?

    3 327
  • Producer ranking ?

    47
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Onions and Mushroom Quinoa

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 1947

1947
The weather conditions

This was a very good year in terms of quality and also very good as regards volume. It was also a year when cochylis and eudemis caused great damage. Very ripe grapes, very high degrees. Low acidity. This led to difficulties with vinification.

Vintage quality and tasting comments

A very commercial wine which matured rapidly but has proved very long-lived. Color is still not showing to much of age, tar and chocolate on the nose, full-bodied, held by a very good acidity.

Quality: Great year

The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving

The wine has passed its optimum, but it is still worth some interest since it has kept its fruit and balance.
If a bottle is opened, keep vertical at least half a day to settle the sediments at the bottom of the bottle. Then slowly pour the wine into a decanter in order to get rid of the sediments and serve.

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2013 2012 2010 2005 2000
1 766€ +37.2% 1 287€ +14.7% 1 122€ -15.1% 1 322€ +32.5% 998€ +34.0% 745€ +113.5% 349€

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

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Cherry Red and Bright

ending

Medium, Flavorful and Lingering

flavors

Blackcurrant, Violet and Floral

nose

Intense, Refined, Complex and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Good texture, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Round, Vigor, Ripe, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Intelligent

Written Notes

It was time to get serious with some red, red wine. The first red had a great, old nose with the cobwebs, dust and leather, but still fragrance to its fruit. Sweet black cherry, cassis, a pinch of animal and an almost Asian, spicy glaze were all there in this alive and complex nose. Caramel started oozing out, along with some sautéed green beans. The palate was a bit simpler, ‘volatile’ per Wolf, who still conceded ‘beautiful sweetness,’ a ‘the sweetness of death.’ The palate was honeyed with hints of raisin and fig, round and fleshy without the flesh, lush without being chewy. It was soft, tender and caressing in the mouth, with dusty flavors of candle wax and walnuts. The intensity factor wasn’t much, but the beauty was still there in this magnum of 1947 Latour, and that is that ‘sweetness of death’ to which Wolf earlier referred (92M).
  • 92p
Upper shoulder fill. Bright ruby, orange rim. Slightly floral, scented, some spices, red berries nose. With air, leather, black tea, nuanced scented and anise. Lean and dry palate, drying. With air, (two hours open and about twenty minutes in a narrow carafe), more cherries and plum stones, red berries, fuller body, if never full, long. 95
  • 95p
Medium intense, dark colour. Pronounced, smoky and complex nose with blackcurrants, burnt wood, and toastiness – still very refined and elegant. Med-bodied palate shows moderate level of acidity which is pushed firmer by the minerality. The tannins are very apparent even tough. The fruitiness is still there with dried black fruit flavours. The aftertaste is crisp, minty and energetic. Decant for 45 minutes and serve at 17C with Entrecote, haricot verts with bacon and fries.
  • 89p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

There is a possibility

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92p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1947  ( Château Latour )

"It was time to get serious with some red, red wine. The first red had a great, old nose with the cobwebs, dust and leather, but still fragrance to its fruit. Sweet black cherry, cassis, a pinch of animal and an almost Asian, spicy glaze were all there in this alive and complex nose. Caramel started oozing out, along with some sautéed green beans. The palate was a bit simpler, ‘volatile’ per Wolf, who still conceded ‘beautiful sweetness,’ a ‘the sweetness of death.’ The palate was honeyed with hints of raisin and fig, round and fleshy without the flesh, lush without being chewy. It was soft, tender and caressing in the mouth, with dusty flavors of candle wax and walnuts. The intensity factor wasn’t much, but the beauty was still there in this magnum of 1947 Latour, and that is that ‘sweetness of death’ to which Wolf earlier referred (92M). "

1y 4m ago

95p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 1947  ( Château Latour )

"Upper shoulder fill. Bright ruby, orange rim. Slightly floral, scented, some spices, red berries nose. With air, leather, black tea, nuanced scented and anise. Lean and dry palate, drying. With air, (two hours open and about twenty minutes in a narrow carafe), more cherries and plum stones, red berries, fuller body, if never full, long. 95"

1y 6m ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1947  ( Château Latour )

"We interrupt these 1982 tastings to bring you a quartet of Chateau Latours, brought directly from the Chateau, as a supplement to this European evening. Suffice it to say, they soon became the main attraction! We began with a 1947 Latour, which had a nice nose with lots of cedar, walnut, wheat, stones and black fruit. There was this lightly herbal edge and a bit of volatile acidity to its palate, which possessed a lot of old book flavors. The wines were served blind, and at first I thought this was the 1950, as the palate was a bit lighter than the average Latour. However, it kept putting on weight in the glass and got quite rich. It possessed the most sweetness of the flight, with chocolate taking center stage. Its finish was very chalky and dusty, and this wine was just a step away from being truly great (94).
"

2y 3m ago

89p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1947  ( Château Latour )

"Medium intense, dark colour. Pronounced, smoky and complex nose with blackcurrants, burnt wood, and toastiness – still very refined and elegant. Med-bodied palate shows moderate level of acidity which is pushed firmer by the minerality. The tannins are very apparent even tough. The fruitiness is still there with dried black fruit flavours. The aftertaste is crisp, minty and energetic. Decant for 45 minutes and serve at 17C with Entrecote, haricot verts with bacon and fries. "

2y 6m ago

90p
 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1947  ( Château Latour )

"not the perfect bottle... but not bad either. My first latour :) "

4y 8m ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1947  ( Château Latour )

"We finished this glorious evening with a strong pocket pair, beginning with the 1947 Latour. The ‘47 has never been considered one of the top-tier wines of this legendary vintage, but this bottle shattered that myth. The ’47 was creamy and nutty with a sweet, open nose. Aromas of grape and broth were present in this rich, saucy and sexy wine. The palate was lush and chunky, grapy again due to the youthfulness of the bottle, but there was a kiss of toughness to its finish. Its secondary acidity was impressive, and the wine got longer and zippier in the glass. This was another great Latour, undervalued in the market (96)."

4y 8m ago

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