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  • Country ranking ?

    4 021
  • Producer ranking ?

    66
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

The Story

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.

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Vintage 1953

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.
 

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
543€ +11.3% 488€ -17.1% 589€ -2.2% 602€ -0.3% 604€ -28.4% 843€ +22.4% 689€ +114.6% 321€ +16.3% 276€ +55.1% 178€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Medium

flavors

Smoky, Cedar and Mint

nose

Intense and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, Well-structured, Harmonious, Rich, Fresh and Sweet

Written Notes

There was one last flight to go, and Latour was up for the challenge. The 1953 Latour had a classic nose with walnut, mineral, spice and great cassis fruit. This was full-bodied for ’53, but its palate fell back into typical mode with a beautiful, long and smooth finish. There were nice tea leaf and slate flavors (93).
  • 93p
The 1953 Latour has never been as great to me as one might think. I have heard many wine people tell superlative stories about this Latour, which has given them enormous enjoyment, but that exhilaration happened long before I became aware of fine wines, I am sorry to say. Now this wine has passed its peak, but it is still worthy of some interest. My last tasting notes were: A very good, promising colour, deeper than the 1952. A fresh, mint, cedar and smoke nose. The palate was sweet and rich with distinct fruit and flavor. Great balance but to me it showed some sign of breaking down. This Latour must have been an extremely gentle, yet so powerful and splendid wine during the 80`s. Though maybe not as powerful now, it still has a kindly, harmonious and warm nature and a good bottle would easily rate higher than 92 points. Tasted eleven times.
  • 92p

Medium red. Latour made in light version with luscious blackcurrants, well-crafted and with fine length on the palate. There was a fight in this wine about who was in driving seat between fruit and tannin, but either of the competitors hadn't been able to take command on its own. Wine was in splendid condition, but should be consumed in 1-2 years.

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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass Time

1h

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91p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Latour 1953  ( Château Latour )

Medium red. Latour made in light version with luscious blackcurrants, well-crafted and with fine length on the palate. There was a fight in this wine about who was in driving seat between fruit and tannin, but either of the competitors hadn't been able to take command on its own. Wine was in splendid condition, but should be consumed in 1-2 years.

6m 11d ago

 Anton Panasenko / Best Sommelier of Russia 2003, Pro (Russia)  tasted  Château Latour 1953  ( Château Latour )

"1953 Château Latour Grand Vin - being served this wine blind, I thought it was 30 years younger!"

1y 2m ago

93p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1953  ( Château Latour )

"There was one last flight to go, and Latour was up for the challenge. The 1953 Latour had a classic nose with walnut, mineral, spice and great cassis fruit. This was full-bodied for ’53, but its palate fell back into typical mode with a beautiful, long and smooth finish. There were nice tea leaf and slate flavors (93)."

3y 3m ago

88p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1953  ( Château Latour )

"Moderately light, ruby colour. Closed, black currant nose with spirity tones. Medium bodied, juicy acidity, cassis, onedimensional yet concentrated, leathery. Bit dull.

Decant for 1 hour. Ready but will keep another 15 years."

4y 5m ago

95p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 1953  ( Château Latour )

"Very top shoulder fill. Garnet with brick rim. Mature nose, prunes, figs, leather, scented, adding by the minute. Fresh acidity, tannins polished away, very mature and a bit dusty far back. Cedar, a bit beyond fully mature, but this bottle not that far. Still lots of dried fruits. Subtle evolution and evolvment in the glass, the dust blows away after about thirty minutes, and just layers of pure, but dried fruit. Superb wine to meditate by the fireplace, a bit to nuanced for food, mellow and round, long. Pure enjoyment over almost three hours. "

4y 7m ago

92p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1953  ( Château Latour )

"The 1953 Latour has never been as great to me as one might think. I have heard many wine people tell superlative stories about this Latour, which has given them enormous enjoyment, but that exhilaration happened long before I became aware of fine wines, I am sorry to say. Now this wine has passed its peak, but it is still worthy of some interest.
My last tasting notes were: A very good, promising colour, deeper than the 1952. A fresh, mint, cedar and smoke nose. The palate was sweet and rich with distinct fruit and flavor. Great balance but to me it showed some sign of breaking down. This Latour must have been an extremely gentle, yet so powerful and splendid wine during the 80`s. Though maybe not as powerful now, it still has a kindly, harmonious and warm nature and a good bottle would easily rate higher than 92 points. Tasted eleven times.
"

4y 7m ago

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