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.
At Château Latour the winter of 2001/2002 was extremely dry (we recorded a water shortage of 200 mm from October 2001 to April 2002), whereas in spring and even in summer, the vegetative cycle suffered from consecutive rain showers, thwarting in the beginning of June flower booming. Afterwards, a cooler weather prevented some of the most fragile inflorescences to bloom. As a result, we quickly noticed at Château Latour flower abortions on the Merlots and “millerandage” on the Cabernets Sauvignon, therefore inducing a significant loss in crop.
The weather in July and August at Château Latour was not any better, nevertheless a few long sunny spells induced the start of maturation. In fact, this year, we will need at Château Latour to be even more patient that we were in 2001. A nice weather, sunny and dry in September, combined with the beneficial contribution of the wind from the East on the natural concentration of the berries, can give us the hope of producing a good vintage at Château Latour.