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  • Country ranking ?

    182
  • Producer ranking ?

    1
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb with aubergines

The Story

This charming château, embellished by a small tower, is located close to the church in the village of Pomerol. Acquired in 1917 by Mrs. Loubat, the then famous proprietor of PETRUS, the vineyard was owned by her niece, Mrs. Lacoste, for 40 years before she donated it to the Fondation de Foyers de Charité de Châteauneuf de Galaure in 2002.
The vineyard, with an average age of 35 years, is characterised by its soil diversity: rather loamy soil around the château itself and more gravelly and clayey on the best blocks near the church.
Farming the property since 1962, Ets. Jean-Pierre MOUEIX brings the usual care and expertise to the vineyard - entirely replanted after the 1956 frost - and to the cellar. After a gentle fermentation in concrete tanks, the young wine is aged in 33% new oak barrels. Between elegance, power and smoothness, the wines of Château LATOUR show a perfect balance.


Production : approximately 30,000 bottle
Planted acreage : 20 acres
Grape varieties : 90% Merlot - 10% Cabernet Franc
Type of soil : 2/3 gravel with clay - 1/3 clay loam

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Vintage 1961

Charles Antin, Specialist Head of Sale, said: “The auction of Fine and Rare Wines was held in front of the great works of the Autumn sales at Christie’s: Hopper, Warhol, Basquiat, Picasso, and Giacometti all watched over the 491 lots sold at auction. The top lot of the sale, and a masterpiece in its own right, was five bottles of the legendary 1961 Latour à Pomerol, which sold for $29,400 to an internet buyer.
New York, 13 December 2013, Sale #2754


This charming château, embellished by a small tower, is located close to the church in the village of Pomerol. Acquired in 1917 by Mrs. Loubat, the then famous proprietor of PETRUS, the vineyard was owned by her niece, Mrs. Lacoste, for 40 years before she donated it to the Fondation de Foyers de Charité de Châteauneuf de Galaure in 2002.
The vineyard, with an average age of 35 years, is characterised by its soil diversity: rather loamy soil around the château itself and more gravelly and clayey on the best blocks near the church.
Farming the property since 1962, Ets. Jean-Pierre MOUEIX brings the usual care and expertise to the vineyard - entirely replanted after the 1956 frost - and to the cellar. After a gentle fermentation in concrete tanks, the young wine is aged in 33% new oak barrels. Between elegance, power and smoothness, the wines of Château LATOUR show a perfect balance.


Production : approximately 30,000 bottle

Appellation : Pomerol
Owner : F.F.C. Donation Mme L. P. Lacoste-Loubat
Planted acreage : 20 acres
Grape varieties : 90% Merlot - 10% Cabernet Franc
Type of soil : 2/3 gravel with clay - 1/3 clay loam

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

26 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Ruby red and Bright

ending

Long, Smooth, Extensive and Alcoholic

flavors

Blackcurrant, Tobacco, Blackberry, Floral, Perfumed and Herbs

nose

Complex, Refined, Volatile and Youthful

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Warming, Concentrated, Complex, Balanced, Youthful, Full-bodied, Ripe, Firm, Powerful, Sweet and Silky tannins

Verdict

Possible fake and Intelligent

Written Notes

There was no Lafite or Margaux tonight, but there were four extraordinary bottles of Pomerol. The 1961 Latour a Pomerol was a honey bunny of a wine with a super sexy nose. This had the 1960s all over it in Hugh Hefner fashion. There was a pudding and gingerbread edge to this kinky wine. Smooth, creamy and tasty, this was yet another decadent ’61, but even more so. It had that almost Zinfandel-like decadence, typical for this wine and vintage, similar to 1982 Lafleur for some. There were maple syrup flavors to its finish (97).

  • 97p
1961 was the Bordeaux vintage where it was almost impossible to find a bad wine. Low yields due to frost and coulure followed by perfect conditions through to the harvest. Probably the greatest vintage ever for Bordeaux. Equally good in all appellations. The 1961 Latour-à-Pomerol is extremely rare and extremely good. Not a very complex wine but so rich and decadent that one can not avoid being overawed. Need an hour or so of decanting and grows in the glass all the time.
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Lafite-Bruxelles bottling, bottom neck fill. Ruby with garnet rim, cassis, floral, leather, cigars, violets, all the aromas that can be found in a perfect Bordeaux. Superb acidity, ripe tannins, intense, complex, enormous texture, some herbs and bell peppers, youthful and yet aged like only great wines can be, will easily last another 20 years, exceptional finish. Magnificent!
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Information

Origin

Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

Serious

Glass Time

1h

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Latour-à-Pomerol 1961  ( Château Latour-à-Pomerol )

There was no Lafite or Margaux tonight, but there were four extraordinary bottles of Pomerol. The 1961 Latour a Pomerol was a honey bunny of a wine with a super sexy nose. This had the 1960s all over it in Hugh Hefner fashion. There was a pudding and gingerbread edge to this kinky wine. Smooth, creamy and tasty, this was yet another decadent ’61, but even more so. It had that almost Zinfandel-like decadence, typical for this wine and vintage, similar to 1982 Lafleur for some. There were maple syrup flavors to its finish (97).

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Latour-à-Pomerol 1961  ( Château Latour-à-Pomerol )

"1961 lived up to its reputation on this day. ‘Wow’ started off my note again. The wine was so sweet and thick in the nose, it reminded me of Amarone with its raisins and chocolate. There was a glorious depth of perfume and such sexy aromatics that time seemed to stop while one’s nose was in the glass. The palate held up to the nose."

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Latour-à-Pomerol 1961  ( Château Latour-à-Pomerol )

"What was this, a glass of 1955 Latour a Pomerol, out of double magnum, nonetheless. Yes, they do exist, although after this night, maybe they don’t anymore! The Hedonist had blessed us again. Sir Robert noted, ‘wet, stony, leafy, almost Graves,’ but its core of plummy fruit and chocolate could only be Pomerol. Of course, Sir Robert’s observations were spot on, as always, and it did have these leafy and stony undertones, in a good way. Its palate was masculine, but its finish was feminine. ‘Gorgeous’ kept coming up in my notes, and its soft, chalky and long finish never lost sight of its decadent plum and chocolate core. Did I say gorgeous (95D)?"

1y 2m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Latour-à-Pomerol 1961  ( Château Latour-à-Pomerol )

"The first wine was rich and creamy in the front end, but some found it 'slightly off and maderized.' There was still a lot of grapy fruit in this oily wine. I called the wine 'grape city' as there were grape seeds, grape nuts and grape oil all there. There was a bit of yeast to the palate, which had a leathery finish. There was great acid and length here, but the wine was definitely off in its flavor. There was an Amarone-like, figgy edge, but the acidity was still superb."

1y 7m ago

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Latour-à-Pomerol 1961  ( Château Latour-à-Pomerol )

"1961 was the Bordeaux vintage where it was almost impossible to find a bad wine. Low yields due to frost and coulure followed by perfect conditions through to the harvest. Probably the greatest vintage ever for Bordeaux. Equally good in all appellations.
The 1961 Latour-à-Pomerol is extremely rare and extremely good. Not a very complex wine but so rich and decadent that one can not avoid being overawed.
Need an hour or so of decanting and grows in the glass all the time.
"

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Latour-à-Pomerol 1961  ( Château Latour-à-Pomerol )

"Lafite-Bruxelles bottling, bottom neck fill. Ruby with garnet rim, cassis, floral, leather, cigars, violets, all the aromas that can be found in a perfect Bordeaux. Superb acidity, ripe tannins, intense, complex, enormous texture, some herbs and bell peppers, youthful and yet aged like only great wines can be, will easily last another 20 years, exceptional finish. Magnificent! "

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