1996 Chateau Latour Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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REVIEWS

JL 98 WS 96 NM 95 WA 95 JS 94 JR 93 DC 92
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2021

This keeps getting better and better. With a few more years, I would think it is going to get an upgraded score. And why not? The fruit displays a beautiful sense of purity, harmony, refinement, power, and elegance. The...
WS 96

Wine Spectator, January 2007

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...
NM 95

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2012

Tasted at the Grand Cru Classe opening dinner at Haut-Brion. Sitting next to me, Frederic Engerer rather scorned the ’96, commenting that it would have been a better wine if made nowadays. I think he is being a bit mean...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2022

(95+ points) From my cellar, the 1996 Latour is still a very youthful, tightly wound wine, unfurling in the glass with notions of blackcurrants, loamy soil, cigar wrapper and English walnuts. Medium to full-bodied, deep...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, July 2016

This was a wine that was very hyped and always excellent. But now it shows the reality of the wet and cold vintage. Lots of basil leaf, lemon grass, and sage aromas with currant undertones. Medium body, fine tannins and a...
JR 93

Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, February 2011

Dark crimson, intensely cassis and cedar. Bone dry and reserved. Not at all friendly at the moment. Lots of tannin and toughness. Pretty unyielding, although there is clearly a core of plummy fruit underneath. Relatively...
DC 92

Decanter, March 2022

This highly anticipated bottle was a bit of a disappointment. One of the two bottles was oxidised, and the other seemed a bit more mature than I would have hoped, with a meaty, savoury note to the black fruit, accented...

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1996
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 12.5%
Closure Cork

Chateau Latour, one of Bordeaux’s oldest and most famous wine producers, is a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It’s located in Pauillac near the border with Saint-Julien.

Vines have existed on the property since the 14th century, but Chateau Latour first began producing wines of great quality in the early eighteenth century. The estate gradually came to specialize in wine production, with 38 hectares of vines in 1759 and 47 hectares in 1794.

The vineyard currently has 78 hectares in production. The grapes from the 47 hectares surrounding the chateau, known as “L’Enclos”, are used in the production of the Grand Vin. The 30 hectares outside of the Enclos are used for the Forts de Latour and the Pauillac wines. The estate is planted with about 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot on gravelly hilltops and clay subsoil.

The wines of Chateau Latour need time to mature, generally at least ten or fifteen years, before they can be drunk. It is only then that the full complexity of the bouquet is expressed and the palate becomes sufficiently well integrated to be enjoyable and harmonious.