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
Very favorable weather and excellent growth all year. We might have produced some over-concentrated wines had it not been for some heavy rain during the harvest which diluted the juice and normalized fermentation. Harvesting started on 15 September. Already at the running-off stage we realized that the wines were very promising : lovely robe, some fatness and roundness.
Vintage quality and tasting comments
The wine is still very surprising, elegant bouquet with mint and dried fruits, ripe tannins, rich, without aggressiveness. Well balanced. (last tasted : 1999)
Quality: Good year
The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving
The wine has passed its optimum, but will still be very enjoyable during the next 10 years.
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, keep in the decanter for 1/2 hour for aeration and serve.