On each of the previous occasions I have had this wine it has flirted with perfection.
This bottle was again a riveting, opulently-textured drinking experience. Its spectacularly perfumed bouquet consists of truffles, black tea, soy, minerals, and copious sweet prune, coffee-infused, black currant fruit. Sweet on the attack, with a rare opulence, a voluptuous texture, full body, terrific freshness, and a chewy, fleshy, succulent finish, this has always been great stuff. This bottle was no exception. It has been fully mature for 25-30 years, but well-stored or larger format bottlings will last another two decades.
Parker 98 points
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.
This was also a year of climatic accidents. An exceptional drought paralyzed the development of the grapes, drying out the lower leaves on the vine, leaving us with a very small crop. The grapes produced a kind of concentrated juice which simultaneously displayed very average degrees and a very intense taste. Highly colored wines from difficult vinification.
It may not have the unctuousness of 1945 but it has an exceptional bouquet and a rare intensity of taste. The wine has kept its class, elegance and a sweet concentration.
The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving
The wine has now been at its optimum for some time, and should be drunk within the next 5 years.
Keep the bottle 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 these sediments, keep in the decanter for 1/2 hour for aeration and serve.
Recommended glass shape
Average Bottle Price
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