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 weather conditions
This vintage is something of a paradox. Weather conditions in July and August had not been good. It was generally felt that the grapes had not had enough sun. The vineyard had suffered from serious attacks of grape worm. The harvest, which began on 27 September, was of average volume. However, quality proved an excellent surprise as it had been exceptionally warm throughout the harvest.
Vintage quality and tasting comments
The wines were initially very robust and richly-colored. They are surprisingly well-balanced and full of life today (2000), with a complex tobacco-liquorice nose and very fresh finish on the palate.
Quality: Good year
The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving
The wine has passed its optimum, but it is still worth some interest.
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.