1996 Pauillac, 1 Cru Classe, Bordeaux.
The wine from Chateau Latour is made from the best vines of the estate enclosed vineyard. The latter overlooks the Gironde estuary. This 1996 Pauillac is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
The beautiful dark colour of this wine shows real signs of evolution. The nose is fine, complex and evolved. The 1996 Chateau Latour is pleasant and velvety with a frank and fleshy style. The finis is long and complex. This wine was produced during a great vintage and foreshadows a good ageing potential.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 1996 Latour was the first to be made in the new vat room that was completed in the nick of time before the fruit came in. Frédéric Engerer told me that they had no "Plan B" if it had not been ready! He also told me that the 1996 underwent little sorting and no green harvest. It was picked around 22-23 September. Now at 20 years of age, it has quite a complex bouquet that is approaching full maturity, laden with blackberry, charcoal, pencil lead and cedar scents that display impressive precision. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well balanced with a keen thread of acidity. It is foursquare, correct and very "Latour": saline in the mouth with good depth towards the finish and this bottle showing a dash of black pepper and a hint of licorice on the finish. While not in the same division as say, Mouton-Rothschild or Château Margaux this vintage, it remains a splendid, if quite "serious" Latour. Drink this now and over the next 15-20 years. Tasted July 2016.
|Grape varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU LATOUR 33250 PAUILLAC FRANCE|
|Classification||1er cru classe|
- R. Gabriel : 20
- J. Robinson : 18
- Vineyard : Medoc
- Wine Spectator : 96
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot