Château Latour’s Grand Vin is made exclusively from “vieilles vignes”, an average of 60 years-old, in the Enclos. Gravettes, Sarmentier, Pièce de Château… these are the names of some of the finest plots that express the character of the terroir and forge the wine’s identity every year.
The heart of the Enclos is the only terroir that, every year, can produce the depth, elegance and concentration that we expect of the Grand Vin. It is here that the Cabernet Sauvignon (accounting for more than 90% of the blend) can achieve optimal expression in terms of colour, richness and freshness. These wines need time – often a decade- before they begin to be ready for drinking.
In great vintages, the power and energy of Château Latour’s wines enables them to continue to develop for several decades with ease. The bouquet and impressions on tasting gradually evolve, becoming increasingly complex, ultimately reaching a peak, after which the tannins soften and then the wine slowly declines. Beyond the pleasure of drinking them, these wines can produce powerful feelings and unforgettable moments.
Château Latour is also known for having the ability to produce fine wines even in difficult years.
Château Latour’s grand vin is one of the most consistent wine labels on the market today. According to average critic scores on wine-searcher, since 1998, every single vintage of the grand vin has received a score of at least 92 points. The 2018 vintage already received high praise from wine enthusiasts during en primeur week and is also expected to rank among the best vintages of Château Latour.
However, eight young vintages stand out for being particularly age-worthy and high in quality. These are the best recent vintages of Château Latour that received scores of at least 96 points from critics:
2016 Hold. / 2015 Hold. / 2014 Hold. / 2010 Hold. / 2009 Hold / 2005 Drink / 2003 Drink or hold. / 2000
Top-Quality Older Château Latour Vintages
One thing that makes Château Latour wines special is that they can last for many decades and still taste as vibrant as they did upon release. If you don’t have time to wait for a young vintage to mature or you want to buy a birth year wine for an upcoming celebration, older vintages of Château Latour are great options.
A trustworthy vendor will inspect every bottle for authenticity to ensure that you won’t become a victim of wine fraud.
The following older vintages received an average score of at least 96 points from top critics:
1996: Drink. 1995 / Drink or hold. 1990: Drink or hold. 1982: Drink. 1975: Drink or hold. 1971: Drink or hold. 1970: Drink or hold. / 1966: Drink or hold. / 1964: Drink or hold. / 1962: Drink or hold. / 1961: Hold (it’s drinking well now, but still evolving) / 1959: Drink. / 1955: Drink. / 1949: Drink or hold. / 1948: Drink. /1945: Drink.