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Château Latour

Bordeaux wine Château Latour Pauillac
Château Latour
Pauillac
1er Grand Cru Classé
1996 
Notations : 
  • Robert Parker : 99 points
  • Wine Spectator : 96 points
  • Your Cellarman :
    98 points
775.00 €
Box Gift 785.00 € 
Quantity 
Red wine
0,75 L
CARD-INDEX OF CELLAR
Area : Bordeaux
Name : Pauillac
Type : Red wine
Grape variety : Cabernet-franc, Cabernet-sauvignon, Merlot, Petit-Verdot
Structure : Ample, Complex, Deep, Length, Rich, Sappy, Satiny
Families of flavor : Aromatic herbs, Café, Cèdre, Spices, Tobacco, Truffe
Conservation : A boire jusqu'en 2030 et plus
Temperature of service : 16-17°
Mets/Wines agreements :  Canard aux pêches de vigne, Baron d'agneau aux herbes, Perdreau truffé
Capacity : Bottle (0,75 L)
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Description :

A spectacular Latour, the 1996 may be the modern day clone of the 1966, only riper. This vintage, which is so variable in Pomerol, St.-Emilion, and Graves, was fabulous for the late-harvested Cabernet Sauvignon of the northern Medoc because of splendid weather in late September and early October.

Château Latour

Château Latour Premier Grand Cru Classé Pauillac   The Latour vineyard covers around 78 hectares of the Pauillac appellation, of which 47 hectares surround the chateau, these being referred to as L’Enclos. This, the source of the grand vin, extends from the commune boundary with St Julien, where the vines meet those of Château Léoville Las-Cases (shown running up the slope opposite in the image below), from which it is separated by the Ruisseau de Juillac, which drains into the Gironde, up to the road to Haut-Bages-Libéral.

Other plots, acquired during the 19th Century under the aegis of the Ségur family, include Comtesse de Lalande and Petit-Batailley, although these are not generally utilised for the grand vin. The soil underfoot is Gunzian gravel, a surface layer just 60 - 100cm deep, originally carried down from the Pyrenees and the Massif Central by the Gironde when the glaciers melted in the early Quaternary period. Beneath that is a subsoil of clay and marl which has a depth of up to 5m, whilst deeper still is the limestone bedrock of Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for 80% of the vines, the remainder Merlot (18%), planted wherever clay is more prominent, and then Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

After harvest there is a rigorous selection in the new chai, before the grapes are destemmed prior to fermentation, with separate tanks for the numerous aliquots of wine, divided up according to plot of origin, age of vine and naturally grape variety. Then a three week cuvaison followed by malolactic in vats, prior to selection of the vats for the grand vin. This is Chateau Latour, which is typically 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, although naturally this can vary greatly depending on the vintage. There are perhaps 18 000 cases of the grand vin produced each year (again very variable). The Second wine is Les Forts de Latour, introduced in 1966, and typically 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, of which there are perhaps 11 000 cases produced each year.


Notes de dégustation

Robert Parker : 99 points
"A spectacular Latour, the 1996 may be the modern day clone of the 1966, only riper. This vintage, which is so variable in Pomerol, St.-Emilion, and Graves, was fabulous for the late-harvested Cabernet Sauvignon of the northern Medoc because of splendid weather in late September and early October. An opaque purple color is followed by phenomenally sweet, pure aromas of cassis infused with subtle minerals. This massive offering possesses unreal levels of extract, full body, intensely ripe, but abundant tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. Classic and dense, it displays the potential for 50-75 years of longevity. Although still an infant, it would be educational to taste a bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050." (2002)

Wine spectator : 96 points
"Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberries, plums and blackberries. Mind-blowing nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long caressing finish. Hard not to drink now, but leave it alone.--’95/’96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010." (2007)

Stephen Tanzer : 95 points
"Saturated ruby-red. Dark berries, violet, licorice and a note of torrefaction. Explosive, pure flavors are almost too big for the mouth. Finishes with big, sweet tannins and expanding, exhilarating flavors of pruneaux and crystallized dark berries. Perfectly integrated oak. A great Latour." (1999)

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