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 wet winter budburst started on 15 March. It was a normal spring, fine and warm in the first half of May. On the whole, June was warm in spite of fairly frequent rain. Full flowering was noted between 10 and 15 June. July was quite cool with a few fine days and the grapes began to ripen on the 25th. After a few showers at the beginning of the month, September was hot and dry, which encouraged ripening. The vintage was from 25 September to 10 October in changeable but mainly fine weather. The crop was a healthy one, with good sugar levels if rather high in acidity, but after the malolactic fermentation, acidity levels were normal. After fermentation, the wines were high colored with excellent fruit and length.
Vintage quality and tasting comments
Color still quite opaque. Rich and profound nose of cedar, plum, leather and spices. The mouth is firm, well-structured, with a long grip and a huge finish. They are still (in 2000) robust and should smooth up a little with age.
Quality : Great year
First year of production of the " Forts de Latour "
The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving
This wine will reach its optimum around year 2000 and easily last another 25 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 at least 1 hour for aeration and serve.
Recommended glass shape
Average Bottle Price
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