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.
Normal bud burst. The early flowering (20-30 May) was perfect. Then suddenly it was wet, windy and cold. The flowers persisted for a dangerously long time, until the end of June. Flower abortion followed. Stormy rains in July. Fine weather throughout August until 15 September. Ripening normalized and the skin grew thinner. Exceptionally fine weather throughout the harvest during the first fortnight of October. The crop was a pleasant surprise, much better than expected.
The wines are of consistent quality but faster maturing than those of 1952, because they have less tannin. They are wines of good quality, well-balanced and very elegant.
The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving
The wine has now passed its optimum for some time, and should be drunk before 2005.
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.
Recommended glass shape
Average Bottle Price
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