Wine Chateau Latour Pauillac AOC 1-er Grand Cru Classe 1996
Château Latour 1996 has extraordinary saturation and purity of flavors, as well as high levels of mature, rounded tannins. A rich palette opens with juicy flavors of black currant, blackberry and plum, interwoven with hints of toasted toast, espresso, baked oak and minerals. Surprisingly strong finish to last at least a minute.
Seductive fragrance opens with fragrant notes of black currant jam and spices, which are added to the warm notes of vanilla, subtle shades of violets and liquorice, as well as the nuances of graphite and earth.
Château Latour perfectly complements the exquisite dishes of red meat and poultry, such as fricassee of veal schnitzel of turkey with apples, foie gras, truffles, carpaccio with figs, duck Peking stuffed partridge. As appetizers ideal Parma ham and blue cheese.
Creating the ultimate Château Latour 1996 went only 56% of the crop, but it was worth it, because according to experts, it expects a bright future vintage 1966. Thanks to the beautiful weather in late September and early October, Cabernet Sauvignon was able to achieve the perfect level of maturity and give the blame to be extremely powerful texture that will allow it to evolve over 50-75 years!
Magnificent Château Latour 1996 has a full body, very high levels of mature tannins and a fantastic multi-layered finish that lasts about a minute. Sophisticated, elegant taste reveals explosive notes of black fruits, spices and minerals, is striking in its purity and richness. To date, the wine opened up only a small part of its taste and aroma, because it is just starting to come into maturity. Château Latour 1996 like an iceberg, most of which is under water, and is fraught with many delicious shades that will develop gradually over the years. According to experts, at the peak of the wine will be between 2010-2050 years!
Château Latour is located on the border of the two communes - Saint-Julien and Pauillac, to the north of the vineyard Léoville Las Kaz. It can be seen from afar thanks to the tower of St. Lambertini (Saint-Lambertin), left over from the XIV century, when during the Hundred Years War, it served as a reliable protection against the British. First tower Saint-Lambertin appeared on the label placed at the end of the XVIII century and continues to adorn the magnificent Château Latour wine today, and one of the signs by which to determine the authenticity of the wine is a picture of a small lion guarding the tower.
According to the official classification of Bordeaux 1855 Château Latour belongs to the highest category of Premier Grand Cru Classe, and the estate itself is part of today's top five producers of Bordeaux along with Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Margaux and Château Haut-Brion.
History of Château Latour as a serious winery begins in 1670, when it becomes the personal secretary of Louis XIV - Monsignor de Chavannes. It was during his 1680 here have planted vineyards, and already in 1707 Latour wine offered tempted society of gentlemen in «London Gazette», and its price was equal to the price of a first-class wines such as Château Lafite and Château Pontak (O-Brion) .
One of the main factors of fine quality wines Château Latour is a unique terroir. Extensive water masses on both sides of Pauillac - Atlantic Ocean and the river Gironde - are regulators of heat and provide mild microclimate, so necessary for optimal ripening of grapes, and clay soils, rich in iron, provide good body wine, complex bouquet and excellent tannic basis. The famous central part of the vineyard, called "l'Enclos" (Uncle), planted with old vines, from which the crop and produced the first wine farm Grand Vin de Chateau Latour.
Like all the "great wines" Bordeaux, Chateau Latour distinguishes rich bouquet, truly deep, multi-taste, drop-down set of tones and semitones, and amazing ability to "keep time". It can rightly be regarded as long-lived, because the potential for the development of this superb wine is from 30 to 60 years!