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.
Warm and wet spring. Severe frosts on 22 April. Flowering started 25 May and finished on 14-20 June. Very fine, hot weather in July and August, if a little too dry. The grapes suffered and did not develop. September was hot and generally dry with the harvest on 21 September. Musts were rich, colored and promising. Tumultuous fermentation as it was very hot.
Vintage quality and tasting comments
First tasting : this could be a very great wine - the "rôti" of the 1949s, the fullness and fatness of the 1953s. Today (2000) it displays a fine color with no sign of fast ageing. The nose is very rich and complex with layers of ripe fruit, cedar and dark chocolate with mint. In the mouth, it is both very round and ripe but also very concentrated and full-bodied. A huge wine that really gives enormous pleasure.
The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving
A wine at its optimum today, but can easily last another 10 or 15 years at this level.
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 hour for aeration and serve.
Recommended glass shape
Average Bottle Price
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