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Chateau Latour 1996

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    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.

    Parker : 99 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    A hot, dry August produced very concentrated grapes in 1996. However, it turned a bit rainy in mid-September through early October, making the vintage less consistent on the Right Bank and in Graves. But as the weather turned glorious from early October on, it was an amazing year for later-harvested Cabernet in the Médoc. There was new ownership at Latour by this time, and a new vat room was completed just prior to the harvest this year. The 1996 Latour is medium to deep garnet in color with a profound earthy, meaty, gamey nose with hints of blueberry preserves, crème de cassis and pencil shavings. The palate is full-bodied, concentrated and packed with muscular fruit, with a firm, ripe, grainy backbone and epically long finish. Showing much more youthfully than the 2000 tasted on the same day and still possessing bags of youthful fruit in the mid-palate, this beauty is going to go on and on!
    BordeauxPauillac
    Alcohol
    12.5

    Grape varieties
    Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot

    Dessert wine
    No

    J. Robinson
    18

    R. Gabriel
    20

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    94

    Wine Spectator
    96

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Medoc

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Pauillac

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Latour

    Classification
    Classified First Growth

    Parker
    99

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

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