Chateau Latour Pauillac Premier Cru – 1996

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Chateau Latour




Bordeaux Red Blend



Chateau Latour


Chateau Latour






Premier Cru

Cuvee Bottling


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Tasting notes

Robert Parker
Tasted: 28/09/2017
Drink: 2017-2040

Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 1996 Latour is a wine that continues to perplex. I just think that given the vintage, the team would have made a far superior wine nowadays. That said, it is still a very fine Pauillac. Here, it conveyed a sense of "airiness" on the bouquet, more backward and surly than other bottles tasted with attractive...

...damp earth and leather aromas. It feels strict and uncompromising when compared to others. The palate is medium-bodied with light and supple tannin, tart red berry fruit, black pepper and plenty of tobacco indicating its Pauillac origins. This is a well balanced, correct and elegant Latour, not the powerhouse of the 2000 or 2005, yet continuing to give drinking pleasure unabated after two decades. Tasted December 2016.

Robert Parker
Tasted: 28/09/2017
Drink: 2016-2031

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... 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.

Tasted: 05/01/1999
Author: Stephen Tanzer

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Tasted: 17/02/2011
Drink: 2016-2035

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Area under vines: 47 hectares
Soils: clayey gravel, gravelly sand, marly clay
Average of the Vineyards : 50 years
Planting density: 10 000 vines/ha
Production: around 320,000 bottles a year
Ageing: around 2 years in 100% new barrels

Grape varieties:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 75%
  • Merlot 20%
  • Cabernet Franc 2,5%
  • Petit Verdot 2,5%

The Chateau makes two other wines:

  • Les Forts de Latour :
    • Cabernet Sauvignon : 70%
    • Merlot : 30%

  • Le Pauillac de Chateau Latour

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Chateau Latour


Chateau Latour, Pauillac, Gironde, France


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Chateau Latour, Pauillac, Gironde, France
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