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
The end of July was quite hot, and the first half of August, despite being rather wet, still brought decent temperatures. These last 2 months were better than in 1957 and far superior to 1956.
Harvest began on 21 September under a fine weather.
Vintage quality and tasting comments
The wines were very fruity, supple and soft. Today, they have lost most of their "life", except a little fruit and a sweet finish.
Quality: Mediocre year
The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving
The wine has passed its best a long time ago
If a bottle is opened, keep it 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, and serve.