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
Favorable weather throughout the growing period and particularly heavy fruiting characterized this crop. Harvest on 20 September.
Vintage quality and tasting comments
Naturally, we assumed that not great quality could come of such abundance. We worked under this misapprehension for a very long time. Yet these were very good wines, supple and ripe, very commercial. Then fairly rapid maturation gave great enjoyment just a few years later. Today the wine has lost most of its fruit and concentration but has kept a surprising elegant balance that one can still appreciate.
Quality: Good year
The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving
Mahogany. Quite evoluted.
Still fruity with a good concentration. Soft tanins. Fresh. Nice finish. The wine has passed its best but it will still be enjoyable for many years to come.
When 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.