Latour a Pomerol 1996
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Chateau Latour a Pomerol has a long history in the region that dates all the way back to the mid or late 1800’s. Interestingly, Latour a’ Pomerol produced some of the most legendary wines of the 20th century. 1947, 1950, 1959 and 1961 are all Bordeaux legends. What makes that even more amazing is that 1959 and the historic 1961 were produced from very young vines due to the fact that the vineyards needed to be replanted after the 1956 frost! The majority of the vineyard needed to be replanted after the frost, starting in 1957. However, perhaps due to its inconsistency, the high quality of the wines produced by Latour a’ Pomerol went without much notice until they were written about by the famed wine critic, Robert Parker.
Close to the Church
The 7.9 hectare vineyard of Latour a’ Pomerol is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc over gravel, clay and sand terroir. Due to the small size of most Pomerol vineyards, the vines are most often found in contiguous plantings. That is not the case with Latour a’ Pomerol as their vines are spread out over the Pomerol appellation. However, their best parcels with their oldest vines are located close to the Church. The vineyards are currently managed (not owned!) by Jean Pierre Moueix, a notable name in Bordeaux.
Swiss wine critic and Bordeaux guru René Gabriel gave the Latour a Pomerol 1996 a whopping 19 out of 20 points. It’s a very subtle wine with typical ripe merlot tones. It is sweet and elegant, almost like a great Burgundy wine. A rare wine to find, drinking nicely now at the peak of its life.