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
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.