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 :
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.