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  • Food Pairing

    Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables

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 1955

1955
The weather conditions

June was wet and warm with fairly frequent heavy showers. The first few days were fine, which allowed the most precocious flowers to complete their cycle without incident. Average temperatures remained high and flowering proceeded normally in spite of the showers. September was fine, heavy and warm ; stormy until the 12th with welcome local showers almost every day. The temperature dropped after the 13th until the16th. Harvest from 25th September. Very active fermentation. Very rich musts, and from then on compared favorably with the wines of 1949 and 1952. By the running-off stage, the wines appeared as rich, generous with nice bouquet and color, well-structured.



Vintage quality and tasting comments

This vintage has more than fulfilled its promise when bottled. It develops concentrated aromas of leather, liquorice, tobacco and coffee, and in the mouth, it is a very structured, still robust concentrated wine with totally smoothed-up tannins and a long finish (last tasted : April 2000)

Quality: Great year



The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving

The wine has been at its optimum for a few years now, but will certainly remain at this level for at least another 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 at least 1/2 hour for aeration and serve.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

12 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Mature, Cherry Red and Cloudy

ending

Long, Lingering and Spicy

flavors

Spice

nose

Intense, Complex, Round and Rich

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, Low tannin, Complex, Mature, Full, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Outstanding and Fine

Written Notes

The 1955 Latour was like band-aid meets marijuana, with deep fruit supporting the whole operation. Its palate was long and full with sparkling black fruit. Sparkling as in shining, not that this was some sort of Latour Perignon lol. It kept getting better and stronger in the glass (95).
  • 95p

Tasted twice - last time in March 2015. Not consistent notes. Deep red. It was charming and pleasant wine on the nose with luscious berries (blackcurrants and raspberries). Fine balance, splendid structure and long lasting aftertaste. More elegance than power here, and probably not a perfectly stored bottle we tasted, concerning this vintage. Mature wine. This was in March 2006. In April 2015 another bottle was much more fresher, richer and longer.

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A vintage that in Medoc and Graves deserves attention and this bounty-filled Latour proved that once again. A beautifully perfumed wine with cedar, dark fruit, truffles and some spices, the lively acidity and exquisite balance are remarkable as a tag team on the opening, and throughout. It was clearly at an impressive peak, some of its earlier flamboyance has been mellowed, though it remains astonishingly vital in its color, its mid palate sweetness with touches of kirsch almost, the soft cushioning tannins, and the understated but ample concentration and richness on the lovely, lingering finish. This remains a joy to savor. 96 Points
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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Latour 1955  ( Château Latour )

Tasted twice - last time in March 2015. Not consistent notes. Deep red. It was charming and pleasant wine on the nose with luscious berries (blackcurrants and raspberries). Fine balance, splendid structure and long lasting aftertaste. More elegance than power here, and probably not a perfectly stored bottle we tasted, concerning this vintage. Mature wine. This was in March 2006. In April 2015 another bottle was much more fresher, richer and longer.

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Latour 1955  ( Château Latour )

"Very deep colour. Volatile nose. Not as good as it can be. 90 pts"

1y 8m ago

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1955  ( Château Latour )

"A vintage that in Medoc and Graves deserves attention and this bounty-filled Latour proved that once again. A beautifully perfumed wine with cedar, dark fruit, truffles and some spices, the lively acidity and exquisite balance are remarkable as a tag team on the opening, and throughout. It was clearly at an impressive peak, some of its earlier flamboyance has been mellowed, though it remains astonishingly vital in its color, its mid palate sweetness with touches of kirsch almost, the soft cushioning tannins, and the understated but ample concentration and richness on the lovely, lingering finish. This remains a joy to savor. 96 Points "

2y 18d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1955  ( Château Latour )

"The 1955 Latour was like band-aid meets marijuana, with deep fruit supporting the whole operation. Its palate was long and full with sparkling black fruit. Sparkling as in shining, not that this was some sort of Latour Perignon lol. It kept getting better and stronger in the glass (95)."

3y 5m ago

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