Chateau Latour suffered some uneven weather on the weeks up to harvest in 1997, resulting in some uneven grape size. Rigorous selection for the Grand Vin created a product which is high in quality with good balance and structure. Nonetheless, this vintage ought to be drunk over the next couple of years before it begins to decline.
The location of Chateau Latour has history dating back to 1331 where allegedly a fortress was built. This tower inspired the estate's branding but, the edifice was destroyed in the fifteenth century. In the early eighteenth century the estate entered the hands of the Segur family, who would also own what would become Mouton Rothschild and Calon Segur. Chateau Latour would remain in the Segur family until 1964. In recent times, the Chateau is owned by François Pinault and managed by Frederic Engerer who have decided to stop selling Chateau Latour En Primeur. The 2012 vintage of Chateau Latour is expected to go on sale in 2022 when the wine will be appreciated more.
Chateau Latour has 78 hectares planted with vines of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Compared to Lafite ’97, this seems more mature on the nose and lacking the similar sense of harmony. Blackberry, cedar, damson, cigar box – but just lacking some vigour and chutzpah. The palate is better than the nose, harmonious with Latour’s signature firmness. Great definition, more weight than Lafite with notes of blackberry, leather, tobacco and a touch of game leading to a tannic, natural, tobacco-infused finish. A conservative Latour that does not particularly transcend the vintage.
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In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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