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  • Country ranking ?

    5 264
  • Producer ranking ?

    86
  • Decanting time

    45min
  • When to drink

    now - 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Roast lamb served medium-rare

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 1968

1968
The weather conditions

Winter was wet and mild. Growth started on 30 March. Early April was cold with frequent morning frosts and even snow on the 6th. The second half of April was fine and the vine grew rapidly. Despite fairly moderate weather in May, the vegetation appeared to be developing at the normal pace. The first flowers were seen on 1 June. Thick fogs in the second week of June caused an important flower abortion. July was, for the most part, hot with frequent storms : wet, almost tropical weather and the vegetation was luxuriant. The grapes started to ripen on 27 July. August was unusually rainy and cool and development was delayed. The soil was waterlogged, with the threat of rot. Since September brought no improvement, many of the grapes did not ripen well and were attacked by rot. Vintage from 26 September to 12 October. The musts had poor sugar levels, high acidity and weak color.

Vintage quality and tasting comments

This is one of the three minor vintages of the 1960s, albeit better than 1963 and 1965. Sweet caramel nose, round mouth without any dryness, although a little short.

Quality: Mediocre year

The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving

The wine has already declined and is more to be drunk as a " curiosity ".
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.

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The brick red colour suggests a quite ripe wine, which is confirmed by the nose. The initially slightly balmy spicyness, hints of dark chocolate, coffee and mild spices changes fast towards a more oxidative direcktion. On the palate this trend holds on, however the excellent structure of the wine is still impressing. The taste is more convincing than the nose.
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Below Average

Value For Money

Poor

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Latour 1968  ( Château Latour )

"The brick red colour suggests a quite ripe wine, which is confirmed by the nose. The initially slightly balmy spicyness, hints of dark chocolate, coffee and mild spices changes fast towards a more oxidative direcktion. On the palate this trend holds on, however the excellent structure of the wine is still impressing. The taste is more convincing than the nose. "

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