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  • Country ranking ?

    969
  • Producer ranking ?

    49
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    Now
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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The Story

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

1964
The weather conditions

Signs of growth first appeared on 5 April but the development of vegetation was slow until the end of the month. It speeded up in May and flowering started on the 29th. The beginning of June was hot and stormy with heavy rains. The weather remained hot with occasional rainstorms. July was hot and dry, as was August. Harvest prospects were excellent. The weather in September was variable but did not impede the ripening of the grapes ; and harvesting began on 25 September under a fine weather and ended 8 October. It rained almost continuously from 7-17 October. Under these conditions, the quality of the wines largely depended upon the date of the harvest. Latour was fortunate.

Vintage quality and tasting comments

Highly-colored, very strong and with a very spicy bouquet ; rich and "rôti "on the palate. Today (2000) the 1964 is probably one of the best example of a mature and ready to drink Château Latour. The bouquet shows layers of cigar, coffee, cedar, wax and spices. The mouth is extremely round and sweet, very nicely balanced . Not an " enormous " wine, but truly interesting and enjoyable.

Quality: Good year

The moment for optimal drinking and best way of serving

The wine is now at its optimum and should be drunk within the next 10-15 years.
Keep the bottle vertical at least half a day to settle the sediments at the bottom of the bottle. Then slowly pour the wine into a decanter in order to get rid of these sediments, keep in the decanter for 1/2 hour for aeration and serve.

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Vintage 1964

For many the 1964 vintage conjures up images of a truly unique year. It was that in Burgundy, but not Bordeaux, even though the French minister of agriculture declared it to be the vintage of the century in Bordeaux. He made his declaration before the autumn rains began to fall. The vintage was, at any rate, a very good one, quite reminiscent of the 1962, whose large crops produced excellent wines.

The mild, wet winter was followed by a warm spring. The ideal conditions enjoyed during the germination period stayed dry and hot throughout the summer. The grapes ripened beautifully all the way until 8 October, when three weeks of extremely heavy rains pushed into Bordeaux, causing the greatest damage in Médoc, primarily at Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe. Some of the region’s producers had managed to bring their entire harvests in before the rains. One of these fortunate ones was Château Latour. One of the less fortunate was Château Lynch-Bages, which finally brought its harvest in on 24 October. This vintage, however, favoured the right bank’s Merlot-driven wines, which ripened well before the rains. There are very few drinkable wines at this time. Once again, the Cheval Blanc and Pétrus rise above the other, also in price. An interesting development in 1964 was Mouiex’s acquisition of shares in Pétrus. 

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Tasting note

color

Deep

ending

Long and Flavorful

flavors

Earthy, Truffles and Chocolate

nose

Youthful, Opulent, Ripe and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Multi-dimensional, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Rich, Harmonious and Full

Written Notes

I have tasted Latour 1964 more than ten times in the last decade, and it has always been a first-class claret (all the bottles have scored 92-96 points). On the last occasion in 2006 it was still very vigorous and a lovely wine, maybe even better than ever before.

Excellent looking bottle with base neck level. Decanted for two hours. Very youthful and deep bright colour. Rich, ripe and open nose with earthy and black fruit and truffle aromas. Perfectly balanced, rich and full wine, which has been developing beautifully throughout the last 15 years, building more and more intensity and complexity. It is now a multi-dimensional, fat, thick, chocolaty wine with long, attractive, slightly tannic aftertaste. Harmonious wine with a long and glorious future to come.

  • 96p
The 1964 Latour that followed smelled like it was from the 1980s or younger. Although it was a bit shy, it gave off this Harlan-esque impression in the nose; this was a Napa Valley Latour. The palate was wow with its rich and oily personality. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and minerals combined with a lip and ass-smacking finish. Damn, that’s the second time I wrote that this week, I must have something on my mind (95).
  • 95p
Fine, open, light smoked meats and gingerbread on nose, full ripe sweet and still youthful, dried cherry, some minerally ironstone aromas, palate soft long and persistent, soft tannins and balanced acidity. (NB- first vintage after Latour went back to Stainless steel fermentation tanks).
  • 97p
Dark ruby, brick rim. B/C level fill, soaked cork. Liquorice, sweet tobacco, hay, some blackcurrants, gorgeous nose, some ripe tannins still, fresh acidity, quite intence, extremelly complex, almost at such a degree, that you can't decipher it all, perfect structure, truly impressive, and exceptionaly long finish.
  • 96p
Medium intense, tuile volour.rich, complex nose with cassis, leather, soy, medium bodied, silky structure, mellow tannins, harmonious. Decant for 2 hours. Ready now, but will keep another 10 years.
  • 94p
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

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