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  • Country ranking ?

    329
  • Producer ranking ?

    10
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Grilled Beef Tenderloin

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 2015

Excitement about the potential of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage – and wine made in several other parts of France last autumn – has been rising for months. In Bordeaux,  but also in Burgundy,  Champagne and the Rhône, conditions were close to  ideal last summer.

Hours of sunshine and average temperatures were the highest since records began – even higher than in “mythical” wine-growing years such as 1921 and 1947. “We think we have something very special but we are holding our tongues until the tasting begins,” said a family member at one of the most sought-after châteaux in the Médoc growing region. 

Denis Dubourdieu, professor of wine at the University of Bordeaux and one of the most successful Bordeaux winemakers, told The Independent: “I don’t think there can be any doubt. This will be an exceptional year, in line with memorable years like 2009 and 2005.

“Everything about the growing season last year was perfect. And from what I’ve seen at the wine-making stage and in the barrel later on,  this is going to be a wonderful vintage.” Mr Dubourdieu says that  producing wine is like a horse-race with five meteorological “fences”. In 2015, he says, Bordeaux jumped all the hurdles with ease.

The vines flowered early in warm sunshine; the tiny grapes appeared in perfect dry weather; they turned purple in ideal conditions of slight drought in mid-July; they expanded and ripened in a warm, dry August with just a little rain; and they were picked in a dry autumn with cool nights. This is like getting all the numbers right in the lottery. 

There were excellent claret vintages in 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010 and a reasonable year in 2012. In the past two years, to the annoyance of many people in the industry, Bordeaux has been criticised or faintly praised. There have also been complaints about the fact that the top châteaux kept their prices high, despite the apparent dip in quality. 

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Tasted in April 2016. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon + 3% Merlot. Closed on the nose, powerhouse on the palate, great depth and complexity. Needs time to develop into something extremely special.

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Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Densely woven nose, still closed fruit, discreet spiciness, multi-layered character. On the palate very fine and mature tannins, excellent depth and length, well structured ripe fruit and hints of mild spices.
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Deep colour. Classic powerful Pauillac with beautiful clear blackcurrant herb aniseed cedar aromas. Concentrated cassis, dark plum, cedar, flavours with chicory notes, fine muscular tannins and cedar complexity. Finish brambly firm but long in both flavour and minerality. Very precise, über-cool and for the long haul. Lengthens out at the finish. Compared to 1982. Bloody good wine.  98 points
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

None

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Latour 2015  ( Château Latour )

Tasted in April 2016. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon + 3% Merlot. Closed on the nose, powerhouse on the palate, great depth and complexity. Needs time to develop into something extremely special.

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Latour 2015  ( Château Latour )

"Deep colour. Classic powerful Pauillac with beautiful clear blackcurrant herb aniseed cedar aromas. Concentrated cassis, dark plum, cedar, flavours with chicory notes, fine muscular tannins and cedar complexity. Finish brambly firm but long in both flavour and minerality. Very precise, über-cool and for the long haul. Lengthens out at the finish. Compared to 1982. Bloody good wine.  98 points"

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Latour 2015  ( Château Latour )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Densely woven nose, still closed fruit, discreet spiciness, multi-layered character. On the palate very fine and mature tannins, excellent depth and length, well structured ripe fruit and hints of mild spices. "

1y 5m ago

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 2015  ( Château Latour )

"Ruby. Scented, dark fruits, cassis, touch of chocolate, nuanced,quite intense, some leather and tobacco notes, minerals. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, red berries, spices, detailed and elegant, structured, long. 13% alcohol. 94-96"

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