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  • Country ranking ?

    657
  • Producer ranking ?

    14
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    small crushed potatoes & oil of white truffles and fresh truffles

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 1996

Grand Vin de Château Latour – Château Latour


Located in the famous Medoc wine region, about 40 kilometers north-west of the city of Bordeaux, the vineyard of Château Latour belongs to the Pauillac appellation.The quality of its wine depends partly on the type of grape variety that is being used, but also on the exceptional combination of natural elements (geography, geology and climate) that constitutes its "Terroir".

It would appear that the domaine of Latour remained under joint ownership until the end of the sixteenth century, the co-proprietors receiving rent from their tenants who cultivated the land. By the end of the sixteenth century the proprietors had been reduced to a family called Mullet and if direct control was progressively replacing that of tenants and co-proprietors, the system of viticulture was to remain virtually the same until the end of the seventeenth century.

At the end of the 17th century, after a succesion of sales, inheritances and marriages, the Latour estate became the property of the Ségur family. It is in 1718 with the Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur, that the Great History of the vineyard starts. Thanks to the marriage of Alexandre de Ségur with Marie-Thérèse de Clausel, "the Tower of Saint-Maubert" entered the Segur family and remained in their hands there for almost 300 years. Just before his death in 1716, Alexandre de Ségur bought Lafite.
Two years later, his son, Nicolas-Alexandre, (called "the Prince of Vines") increased the family holding with the acquisition of Mouton (Rothschild) and Calon (Ségur). Only the Margaux estate remained in the hands of the Aulède family.

But in 1755, the death of the Marquis Nicolas-Alexandre created substantial changes in the destiny of Latour : before his death, Lafite was given the most attention among his numerous estates. With the division of the Marquis' personal property, Latour finally received the necessary care and investment it required, and started to develop its full potential during the second half of that century.

At the beginning of the 18th century, Château Latour started to be highly recognized around the world, thanks to the reconquest of the British market and the development of the wine business in northern Europe. The aristocracy and other wealthy groups of consumers became very enthusiastic about a few great estates, of which Latour was one. And that was how Thomas Jefferson, Ambassador of the United States in France, and future President, discovered this wine in 1787. At that time, a cask of Château Latour was already worth twenty times as much as one of ordinary Bordeaux wine.

The reputation of Château Latour was consolidated during the 19th century. It was confirmed in 1855, when the government of Napoléon III decided to classify the estates of the Médoc and the Graves for the International Exhibition in Paris : Château Latour was classified as First Growth.

In 1963, the heirs of the Marquis de Ségur sold 75 % of the Château Latour shares. The new shareholders became "Harveys of Bristol" and "Hallminster Limited", both British Limited Companies. "Hallminster Limited" belonged to the PEARSON Group, and held more than 50 % of the shares of Château Latour. However the juridical structure was not changed : it kept the 120 year-old name of "Société Civile du Vignoble de Château Latour".

In July 1993, entrepreneur and businessman, Mr PINAULT finally brought Château Latour back into French hands after 30 years of British ownership.

Today the Estate consists of 78 hectares of vineyards. 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.



Soil: top layer of gravels, sub-layers of marls and clays

Production area: 47 ha

Grape varieties: 75 % cabernet sauvignon ; 20 % merlot ; 4 % cabernet franc ; 1 % petit verdot.

Average age of vines: very old, some of them more than a hundred years

Harvest method: hand picked

Winemaking:

Ageing: In new barrels, for 18 months


Saint-Lambert
33250 PAUILLAC
Tel. +33 5 5673 1980
Fax +33 5 5673 1981

www.chateau-latour.com

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2005
628€ +2.6% 612€ -7.1% 659€ -17.6% 800€ +9.3% 732€ -16.4% 876€ -1.6% 890€ +223.6% 275€

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

13 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Healthy

ending

Medium, Gentle and Extensive

flavors

Cranberry and Blackcurrant

nose

Youthful, Pure, Opulent and Generous

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Balanced, Complex, Good texture, Youthful, Full-bodied, Firm, Focused and Vigor

Verdict

Transparent and Well-rounded

Written Notes

The 1996 Latour had a much deeper nose than either of the Haut Brions, brooding but also a bit horsey at first. There were pencil and black fruits behind that and a touch of toll house. The palate was big yet refined, with laser-like acidity yet still full of finesse. There were nice chalky flavors on its finish, along with animal and tobacco flavors. Someone with their Palm Parker out hailed it as ‘near-perfect’ lol. It got szechuany in the nose, losing its animal and green edges to become just what Goldilocks ordered (96+).
  • 96p

The bouquet has a hint of menthol, along with dark fruit, then some blueberries emerge. This is a more angular wine, with some herbaceous notes as it opens before the licorice and flowers take over. You have a touch of olive and oregano at the mid palate, some cedar and then red berries. There is a nice backbone to the wine, very well integrated oak. The tannins are fairly light and supple, tart red berries and some pepper emerge next. This is somewhat more linear as it composes itself on the finish, with some tobacco notes also becoming evident, a nice thread of acidity, elegant if not as memorable as other vintages. 93 Points

  • 93p

Dark red. Arch typical wine for the property with a solid handful of superbly concentrated fruit and fat tannin. There was plenty of power and vigor, luscious blackcurrants and nuances. There was absolutely nothing to complain about this wine – exceptional quality. It will surely benefit from additional cellaring for at least 20 years.

  • 96p

Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

18

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93p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1996  ( Château Latour )

The bouquet has a hint of menthol, along with dark fruit, then some blueberries emerge. This is a more angular wine, with some herbaceous notes as it opens before the licorice and flowers take over. You have a touch of olive and oregano at the mid palate, some cedar and then red berries. There is a nice backbone to the wine, very well integrated oak. The tannins are fairly light and supple, tart red berries and some pepper emerge next. This is somewhat more linear as it composes itself on the finish, with some tobacco notes also becoming evident, a nice thread of acidity, elegant if not as memorable as other vintages. 93 Points

1m 6d ago

96p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Latour 1996  ( Château Latour )

Dark red. Arch typical wine for the property with a solid handful of superbly concentrated fruit and fat tannin. There was plenty of power and vigor, luscious blackcurrants and nuances. There was absolutely nothing to complain about this wine – exceptional quality. It will surely benefit from additional cellaring for at least 20 years.

7m 20d ago

96p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Château Latour 1996  ( Château Latour )

"The 1996 Latour had a much deeper nose than either of the Haut Brions, brooding but also a bit horsey at first. There were pencil and black fruits behind that and a touch of toll house. The palate was big yet refined, with laser-like acidity yet still full of finesse. There were nice chalky flavors on its finish, along with animal and tobacco flavors. Someone with their Palm Parker out hailed it as ‘near-perfect’ lol. It got szechuany in the nose, losing its animal and green edges to become just what Goldilocks ordered (96+)."

1y 4m ago

95p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 1996  ( Château Latour )

"Served blind. Ruby, garnet rim. Tobacco, cedar, cassis, some figs, lightly floral, anise and leather nose, detailed and elegant. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity if leaner, detailed, elegant, cassis and anise, detailed, elegant, lively, rounded, lovely details and lovely balance, beautiful wine, long and graceful. 95
"

1y 6m ago

96p
 Ronan Sayburn MS , Sommelier (United Kingdom)  tasted  Château Latour 1996  ( Château Latour )

"Nose wonderful, complex and open, developed yet youthful, mature damp earth and charcoal hints, dark blackcurrant fruit, cedar wood with cranberry and ripe black cherry, very complex and deep, just starting to open up. Excellent."

2y 5m ago

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