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  • Country ranking ?

    1 354
  • Producer ranking ?

    85
  • Decanting time

    30min
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Honey Soy Venison

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The chateau makes three different wines. The so-called grand vin, that is Château Latour itself, a second wine called Les Forts de Latour and a third wine simply called Pauillac. The grand vin comes from the original part of the vineyards, called the Enclos. This is the most prestigious part of the vineyard where the vines have a fine view of the Gironde estuary. The tradition in Bordeaux says that vines that overlook the water make the best wine. The proximity to the estuary actually gives a slightly higher temperature, helping the grapes to good maturity. The Enclos is around 45 hectares out of a total of 88 for the whole estate.

The grape varieties are 75 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 23 % Merlot, 1 % Cabernet Franc and 1 % of Petit Verdot. The planting density is high, 10,000 vines per hectare. Every year the chateau’s viticulturist replaces a certain number of dead vines. These young vines are marked and treated separately. They are harvested separately and they are not used in the grand vin until they are at least 10 years old.

The Enclos is under conversion to organic farming since 2015. It takes three years to be certified so it means that we will see the first organic Château Latour in 2018. Only copper and sulfur, mixed with different plant infusions, are used to fight diseases in the vineyard. Instead of insecticides they use sexual confusion. Only organic fertilizers are used when needed and no herbicides.

The barrel aging starts in December. Château Latour is put in 100 % new oak from the Allier and Nièvre forest in the central part of France. The chateau works with 11 different coopers. This is important to the winemaker as the coopers all have different styles.

 

The wine spends six months in the first year cellar where it will also undergo the malolactic fermentation. The barrels are tasted regularly and the winemaker decides the blend for the grand vin, the second wine and the third wine. He decides if the press wine should be included or not. The wine is then moved to the huge and magnificent second-year cellar where it will spend 10-13 months, so in total around 22 months of aging before it is bottled. 2014 was bottled in June this year. During the barrel aging the wine is racked and topped up regularly, every 3 months. At the end, the wine is fined traditionally with egg whites, 5-6 whites per barrel.

Château Latour is often a textbook example of a Cabernet Sauvignon. No wonder, as often almost 90 % of the wine is made from this grape. It is a powerful wine in its youth, with aromas of cedar wood and black fruit, made even more powerful with the aging in 100 % new oak barrels. It is packed with fruit and tannins and it stays young for at least 10 years. This is a wine you really should wait for, say 10-15 year or longer. It needs time to show what it is capable of.

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Wine Information

1911 Château Latour

A hot summer and drought that continued until late in the fall produced many superb, though quite harsh wines in Bordeaux. Latour has been regarded as an exceptionally soft and calm wine at least compared to the other first growth wines. None the less at least the wine I now got to taste had kept its backbone well, but was still a gentle and sophisticated wine.

As a Latour it was surprisingly light and delicate, if tasted blind I would have thought the wine´s origin to be Pomerol. Already after 30 minutes from decanting the wine started to lose its fine qualities, and after one hour it was completely dead. A strange experience as a Latour, similar characteristics with Latour 1918, but quite pleasant as long as it lasted!

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Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Short and Smooth

nose

Intense, Opulent and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Rich and Full

Written Notes

Château Latour 1911 / A hot summer and drought that continued until late in the fall produced many superb, though quite harsh wines in Bordeaux. Latour has been regarded as an exceptionally soft and calm wine at least compared to the other first growth wines. None the less at least the wine I now got to taste had kept its backbone and structure well, but was still a gentle and sophisticated wine. Decanted 30 minutes. This is my second Latour from this rare vintage, and it had improved a lot over the first one. As a Latour it was still surprisingly light and delicate, if tasted blind I would have thought the wine´s origin to be Pomerol. As the previous bottle already started to lose some of its fine qualities after 30 minutes from decanting, this one just started to breed. It has a good balance and full, opulent and vivid taste. Lovely smooth fruit on top of a tannic grip. This time it was now complex and thriving enough to provide real interest  and quality. As has been said many times before: there are no good wines, only good bottles. 94 points

  • 94p

We continued with another flight of Bordeaux, and the Comte found the 1911 Latour to be an ‘old baby.’  This had the most intensity of the old flight despite bring the oldest wine.  Someone else admired the ‘house style’ of Latour after all these years!  There were great citrus, walnut, beef, iron and mineral flavors here, along with an exploding finish.  Great vanilla flavors emerged as well.  I am so glad I grabbed this bottle at one of our auctions when no one else had the balls to do so ???? (97).

  • 97p
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Average

Value For Money

Poor

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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