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Château Latour Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac Grand Vin 1996

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One of Bordeaux's most concentrated, rich and full-bodied wines. Latour is dark ruby in color and has a unique bouquet of fresh walnuts, leather, and black currants.

Château Latour:
  Château Latour is a First Growth wine estate in Pauillac in the Bordeaux region of France. The castle was built in the early 14th century as a home shared by various feudal lords. It played a role in the Hundred Years War, serving as a garrison for the Anglo-Gascon army. But it wasn’t till the 16th century that wine production began there in earnest. In the late 17th and ... Read more
  Château Latour is a First Growth wine estate in Pauillac in the Bordeaux region of France. The castle was built in the early 14th century as a home shared by various feudal lords. It played a role in the Hundred Years War, serving as a garrison for the Anglo-Gascon army. But it wasn’t till the 16th century that wine production began there in earnest. In the late 17th and early 18th century, Latour was owned by Alexandre de Ségur, whom Louis XV referred to as “Prince of the Vines.” Before his death in 1716, de Ségur purchased Lafite, and his son Nicolas-Alexandre, then President of Bordeaux, acquired Mouton and Calon in 1718. By the 18th century, peace between England and France meant increased trade with Bordeaux. This elevated the status of the finest French estates, which increased in value significantly as they saw more attention from the nobility. Though Bordeaux saw a lot of damage to estates in the French Revolution and breakups of their ownerships, Latour remained unharmed and remained in the Ségur family. It was officially named a First Growth, the highest possible honor for a French wine, in 1855.    By the mid 20th century, various inheritances meant many shares in Latour, which for 30 years became owned almost entirely by the British financial group Pearson and Harveys of Bristol. But in 1993, the majority of the estate was sold to François Pinault in Artemis, once again in French hands.    The prestigious wines are produced with respect to tradition with modern techniques assuring the highest possible quality. Latour is best known for its Grand Vin, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, with an average annual production of 18,000 cases. They have a second wine, Les Forts de Latour and also a “third wine,” simply called Latour Pauillac. Bottles of Latour Grand Vin, particularly older vintages, have been known to sell for astronomical prices at auctions. Read less

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Snooth User: Governor2
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5.00 5
01/04/2008

A classic bordeaux from what seems to be turning out to be a stellar year. We found it complex, and full flavored.


Snooth User: njhawar1
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4.00 5
06/11/2007

Four glasses


External Reviews for Château Latour Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac Grand Vin

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Saturated ruby-red. Dark berries violet licorice and a note of torrefaction. Explosive pure flavors are almost too big for the mouth. Finishes with big sweet tannins and expanding exhilarating flavors of pruneaux and crystallized dark berries. Perfectly integrated oak. A great Latour. 95(+?) points Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/29/2012

Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberries, plums and blackberries. Mind-blowing nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long caressing finish. Hard not to drink now, but leave it alone.--95/96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. 17,0... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Latour, Chateau 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

Deep garnet-black in color, the 1996 is classic Latour at its utmost. The nose offers a tantalizing array of complex notes including dried Chinese plums, toasted nuts, Indian spices and black olive tapenade over a core of dried cherries and aged meat... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Latour, Chateau 750ml


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05/06/2009

1er Cru Classé


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/19/2010

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Latour a Pomerol 750ml



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One of Bordeaux's most concentrated, rich and full-bodied wines. Latour is dark ruby in color and has a unique bouquet of fresh walnuts, leather, and black currants.

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