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  • Country ranking ?

    2 429
  • Producer ranking ?

    31
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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 1964

1964
The weather conditions

Signs of growth first appeared on 5 April but the development of vegetation was slow until the end of the month. It speeded up in May and flowering started on the 29th. The beginning of June was hot and stormy with heavy rains. The weather remained hot with occasional rainstorms. July was hot and dry, as was August. Harvest prospects were excellent. The weather in September was variable but did not impede the ripening of the grapes ; and harvesting began on 25 September under a fine weather and ended 8 October. It rained almost continuously from 7-17 October. Under these conditions, the quality of the wines largely depended upon the date of the harvest. Latour was fortunate.

Vintage quality and tasting comments

Highly-colored, very strong and with a very spicy bouquet ; rich and "rôti "on the palate. Today (2000) the 1964 is probably one of the best example of a mature and ready to drink Château Latour. The bouquet shows layers of cigar, coffee, cedar, wax and spices. The mouth is extremely round and sweet, very nicely balanced . Not an " enormous " wine, but truly interesting and enjoyable.

Quality: Good year

The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving

The wine is now at its optimum and should be drunk within the next 10-15 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 1/2 hour for aeration and serve.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

15 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep

ending

Long and Flavorful

flavors

Earthy, Truffles and Chocolate

nose

Youthful, Opulent, Ripe and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Multi-dimensional, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Rich, Harmonious and Full

Written Notes

I have tasted Latour 1964 more than ten times in the last decade, and it has always been a first-class claret (all the bottles have scored 92-96 points). On the last occasion in 2006 it was still very vigorous and a lovely wine, maybe even better than ever before.

Excellent looking bottle with base neck level. Decanted for two hours. Very youthful and deep bright colour. Rich, ripe and open nose with earthy and black fruit and truffle aromas. Perfectly balanced, rich and full wine, which has been developing beautifully throughout the last 15 years, building more and more intensity and complexity. It is now a multi-dimensional, fat, thick, chocolaty wine with long, attractive, slightly tannic aftertaste. Harmonious wine with a long and glorious future to come.

  • 96p
The 1964 Latour that followed smelled like it was from the 1980s or younger. Although it was a bit shy, it gave off this Harlan-esque impression in the nose; this was a Napa Valley Latour. The palate was wow with its rich and oily personality. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and minerals combined with a lip and ass-smacking finish. Damn, that’s the second time I wrote that this week, I must have something on my mind (95).
  • 95p
Fine, open, light smoked meats and gingerbread on nose, full ripe sweet and still youthful, dried cherry, some minerally ironstone aromas, palate soft long and persistent, soft tannins and balanced acidity. (NB- first vintage after Latour went back to Stainless steel fermentation tanks).
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

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96p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1964  ( Château Latour )

I have tasted Latour 1964 more than ten times in the last decade, and it has always been a first-class claret (all the bottles have scored 92-96 points). On the last occasion in 2006 it was still very vigorous and a lovely wine, maybe even better than ever before.

Excellent looking bottle with base neck level. Decanted for two hours. Very youthful and deep bright colour. Rich, ripe and open nose with earthy and black fruit and truffle aromas. Perfectly balanced, rich and full wine, which has been developing beautifully throughout the last 15 years, building more and more intensity and complexity. It is now a multi-dimensional, fat, thick, chocolaty wine with long, attractive, slightly tannic aftertaste. Harmonious wine with a long and glorious future to come.

1m 29d ago

88p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Latour 1964  ( Château Latour )

Fine and intense nose of ripe blackcurrants and raspberries. It was packed with tannin, nice structure, tasty and quite entertaining. Ready to drink.

7m 20d ago

97p
 Ronan Sayburn MS , Sommelier (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Latour 1964  ( Château Latour )

"Fine, open, light smoked meats and gingerbread on nose, full ripe sweet and still youthful, dried cherry, some minerally ironstone aromas, palate soft long and persistent, soft tannins and balanced acidity. (NB- first vintage after Latour went back to Stainless steel fermentation tanks)."

2y 5m ago

96p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 1964  ( Château Latour )

"Dark ruby, brick rim. B/C level fill, soaked cork. Liquorice, sweet tobacco, hay, some blackcurrants, gorgeous nose, some ripe tannins still, fresh acidity, quite intence, extremelly complex, almost at such a degree, that you can't decipher it all, perfect structure, truly impressive, and exceptionaly long finish. "

4y 4m ago

94p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Château Latour 1964  ( Château Latour )

"Medium intense, tuile volour.rich, complex nose with cassis, leather, soy, medium bodied, silky structure, mellow tannins, harmonious.

Decant for 2 hours. Ready now, but will keep another 10 years."

4y 6m ago

96p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 1964  ( Château Latour )

"Very top shoulder fill, excellent cork. Bright deepish ruby, very thin brick rim. Starting out earthy. After thirty minutes whiff of prunes and figs, cassis, pencil shaves, cedar, scented and superb nose. layered and complex. Absolutely gorgeous. Not decanted. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, and the tannins are perfectly integrated in the texture, soon polished off. Layered and mouthwatering, Aged and still youthfull, gorgeous length. Best bottle I've had of 64 Latour. Minutes of length. Superb with classic grouse. Starting to dry far out in the finish after two hours if you had to much in the glass. With smaller pours, it held up superbly in the bottle. Drink soon. "

4y 8m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1964  ( Château Latour )

"The 1964 Latour that followed smelled like it was from the 1980s or younger. Although it was a bit shy, it gave off this Harlan-esque impression in the nose; this was a Napa Valley Latour. The palate was wow with its rich and oily personality. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and minerals combined with a lip and ass-smacking finish. Damn, that’s the second time I wrote that this week, I must have something on my mind (95)."

4y 8m ago

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