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  • Country ranking ?

    291
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef Tenderloin with Ancho and Fennel Seeds

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 1959

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.

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005 2000 1995
2 217€ +19.6% 1 853€ -1.8% 1 887€ +3.0% 1 832€ +4.2% 1 758€ -18.0% 2 144€ +51.9% 1 411€ +44.0% 980€ +72.8% 567€ +95.5% 290€

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.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

35 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Healthy

ending

Long, Extensive and Flavorful

flavors

Cedar, Earthy, Blackcurrant, Leather, Mint and Smoky

nose

Intense, Complex, Fresh and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, High tannin, Well-structured, Perfectly balanced, Complex, Developing, Full-bodied, Ripe, Full, Firm, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Fine and Well-rounded

Written Notes

Every year, a group of us select a theme, submit a wine or two of the highest order and have a day of it. The tasting of the wines kicks off 10am, and it is followed by a long lunch (a different group of wines for it). We have winemakers, retailers, friends and winelovers all join in. Over the years, we have focused on Taylors Vintage Ports, Rhônes, Vosne Romanée Grand Cru, Chambertin, Barolo and this year, Bordeaux (or the TGWM lunch, standing for the thin, green, weedy muck lunch, as some non-believers called it).

The wines went back to 1928 and included some stars such as Lafite 1948, Margaux 1985, Mouton 1986, Mouton, Cheval Blanc and Pichon Lalande 1982, a few Sauternes back to 1945 and more. A disappointingly high number were destroyed by cork taint (and yes, I would very much prefer to see screwcaps on First Growths than have them stuffed with mouldy tree bark and am yet to hear any creditable argument to the contrary).

The 1959 Latour was the wine of the day. Unchallenged. Usain Bolt had more trouble winning the Olympics. Amazing colour – deep red (for those concerned that this might fall into the fakes bin, it came from a friend who had cared for it for many decades, having purchased it back in the day when the very idea of faking a wine would seemed like lunacy – and this would have cost an abysmally small amount). Amazing condition. It was an utterly compelling, brilliant wine. Seamless, complex, balanced, great length. Richly flavoured. Roast meats, chocolate, dry vegetation. Incredible stuff (needless to say, no mention of TGWM once this was served). A very great wine, from a prodigious vintage.

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The 1959 Latour that followed was no slouch either. Decanting it an hour only made it greater, allowing its sweet core of maple sap to take over. A cassis, mineral and coffee 3-way supported the opening act. Gil cooed, ‘sea salt caramel in a crepe.’ It was another thick wine, at least in the nose. Its palate had great acid and tannins that were close to fully melted, but its fruit was leaner than I expected and wanted. Mocha and slate flavors were there, and there was no denying its superb acid, but it thinned. I hate to be a member of the ‘Better Bottle Club,’ but I have had better. The reality check was that it was still an outstanding wine; perhaps it had three tough acts to follow (95).

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Opened later, from the cellar, it needed time to compose itself, to shed an initially more surly exterior, and to just warm up. As it did, it kept climbing in stature and appeal. Blackberry, cedar and smoke ultimately emerged on the bouquet. On the palate, dark fruit, chestnuts, some smokiness, blueberries and truffles at the mid palate. A beautifully delineated wine with composed tannins. Mulberry and sage infuse it as it builds to a balanced, concentrated, increasingly seamless, sappy and rich, opulent yet elegant finale that was both resounding and stirring. 97 Points+

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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass Time

1h

Drinking Temperature

16

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1959  ( Château Latour )

Opened later, from the cellar, it needed time to compose itself, to shed an initially more surly exterior, and to just warm up. As it did, it kept climbing in stature and appeal. Blackberry, cedar and smoke ultimately emerged on the bouquet. On the palate, dark fruit, chestnuts, some smokiness, blueberries and truffles at the mid palate. A beautifully delineated wine with composed tannins. Mulberry and sage infuse it as it builds to a balanced, concentrated, increasingly seamless, sappy and rich, opulent yet elegant finale that was both resounding and stirring. 97 Points+

2m 26d ago

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Latour 1959  ( Château Latour )

Every year, a group of us select a theme, submit a wine or two of the highest order and have a day of it. The tasting of the wines kicks off 10am, and it is followed by a long lunch (a different group of wines for it). We have winemakers, retailers, friends and winelovers all join in. Over the years, we have focused on Taylors Vintage Ports, Rhônes, Vosne Romanée Grand Cru, Chambertin, Barolo and this year, Bordeaux (or the TGWM lunch, standing for the thin, green, weedy muck lunch, as some non-believers called it).

The wines went back to 1928 and included some stars such as Lafite 1948, Margaux 1985, Mouton 1986, Mouton, Cheval Blanc and Pichon Lalande 1982, a few Sauternes back to 1945 and more. A disappointingly high number were destroyed by cork taint (and yes, I would very much prefer to see screwcaps on First Growths than have them stuffed with mouldy tree bark and am yet to hear any creditable argument to the contrary).

The 1959 Latour was the wine of the day. Unchallenged. Usain Bolt had more trouble winning the Olympics. Amazing colour – deep red (for those concerned that this might fall into the fakes bin, it came from a friend who had cared for it for many decades, having purchased it back in the day when the very idea of faking a wine would seemed like lunacy – and this would have cost an abysmally small amount). Amazing condition. It was an utterly compelling, brilliant wine. Seamless, complex, balanced, great length. Richly flavoured. Roast meats, chocolate, dry vegetation. Incredible stuff (needless to say, no mention of TGWM once this was served). A very great wine, from a prodigious vintage.

6m 1h ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1959  ( Château Latour )

The 1959 Latour that followed was no slouch either. Decanting it an hour only made it greater, allowing its sweet core of maple sap to take over. A cassis, mineral and coffee 3-way supported the opening act. Gil cooed, ‘sea salt caramel in a crepe.’ It was another thick wine, at least in the nose. Its palate had great acid and tannins that were close to fully melted, but its fruit was leaner than I expected and wanted. Mocha and slate flavors were there, and there was no denying its superb acid, but it thinned. I hate to be a member of the ‘Better Bottle Club,’ but I have had better. The reality check was that it was still an outstanding wine; perhaps it had three tough acts to follow (95).

6m 13d ago

97p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1959  ( Château Latour )

The 1959 Latour came, saw and conquered. Its brooding, black fruit was bursting out of its shirt and pants with great t ‘n a. Its round and tasty palate was full and long. The tannic display was impressive. While thick, long and strong, it somehow remained elegant. ‘Gorgeous (and) finish of a lifetime’ came from the crowd (97).

7m 18d ago

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 1959  ( Château Latour )

"Bonhams auction buy. Towards mid shoulder fill, soaked cork. Ruby, orange rim, sediments, not fully clear. Leather and prunes nose, lightly floral, not that intense. After half an hour of air, scented, violets, nuanced and elegant, aristocratic. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, lean and narrow, first, fruity and of not intense, way more rounded. Lovely texture and structure, almost sweet, touch of prunes and figs, ripe blueberries, long. 96
"

1y 3m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1959  ( Château Latour )

"The 1959 Latour was not surprisingly great. There was gorgeous fruit to this fresh bottle. Walnut, cassis, minerals and cedar performed together like a great quartet. This was ‘deep ocean,’ and its thick and long finish still came across elegantly (97)."

2y 2m ago

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 Juha Jormanainen, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1959  ( Château Latour )

"Deep color and huge nose with mint chocolate and eucalyptus. On palate a mixture of dark berries, spices and little sweetness (perfect fruit).Very long finish, very good wine, just lovely as a whole."

2y 4m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1959  ( Château Latour )

"Magnum Man found the 1959 Latour to be a ‘big dark fruit explosion.’ It had a great nose with super spice and the most kink. There was a thickness yet a quickness to its palate, which was long, great and classic in every sense of the word (97)."

3y 2m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1959  ( Château Latour )

"Hello, 1959 Latour. This was still a baby, full of slate, minerals, cedar and paint before giving way to chocolate and coffee. This was another Napa Valley Latour, so young and so chunky that it gave off some Napa vibes, as in the natural expression of Cabernet there. The Cabernet flavors really came through with lots of asphalt, along with rich leather. This was a man still in boy’s clothing (97)."

4y 5m ago

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Château Latour 1959  ( Château Latour )

"Gorgeour 1959 La Mission Haut-Brion. First, I would like to correct a common misconception: Château La Mission Haut-Brion is not now, nor has it ever been, the number two wine from Château Haut-Brion; in fact, the two estates were never even under the same ownership until the Dillons acquired it in 1983.The 1959 is not far behind the 1961 in quality. It has provided enjoyment for a long time and will continue to do so for a good many years."

4y 6m ago

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