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
After a very fine spring, the vine was exceptionally well advanced at the end of June and, despite a mediocre summer of which August and September were quite bad, the harvest began two weeks earlier than usual, on 12 September. It was a year of ripe Merlot, which produced rounded, supple and fruity wines. The Petit Verdot, too, was very ripe, another proof of a good maturation .
The musts were frank, rich, fat, colored and aromatic.
Vintage quality and tasting comments
The first tastings showed a well-colored wine with good vinosity and body. Since then, this wine has confirmed those first impressions, and if it is not as renowned as it could have been, it is because it was born in the shadow of the 1959 and was eclipsed by the very great 1961.
Quality: Mediocre year
The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving
The wine has passed its optimum for some time, but it still remains remarkebly balanced
The tanins are supple and round. The wine is not overly concentrated but it shows a pleasant harmony.
Reasonable finish yet a bit austere.
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, and serve.