Wine Chateau Latour Pauillac AOC 1-er Grand Cru Classe, 1998
Dark garnet-crimson color.
Château Latour 1998 has an average body and moderate concentration slightly aggressive tannins. Sophisticated, elegant bouquet entices tones of black currant and undergrowth, which adds a touch of cedar, walnut and licorice, the most surprising drop in debt, elegant finish.
Rich aroma charms fragrant notes of cassis, toast and oak, after aeration in flavor appear lighter shades of field herbs, licorice and graphite.
Château Latour perfectly complements the exquisite dishes of red meat and poultry, such as fricassee of veal schnitzel of turkey with apples, foie gras, truffles, carpaccio with figs, duck Peking stuffed partridge. As appetizers ideal Parma ham and blue cheese.
Château Latour is located on the border of the two communes - Saint-Julien and Pauillac, to the north of the vineyard Léoville Las Kaz. It can be seen from afar thanks to the tower of St. Lambertini (Saint-Lambertin), left over from the XIV century, when during the Hundred Years War, it served as a reliable protection against the British. First tower Saint-Lambertin appeared on the label placed at the end of the XVIII century and continues to adorn the magnificent Château Latour wine today, and one of the signs by which to determine the authenticity of the wine is a picture of a small lion guarding the tower.
According to the official classification of Bordeaux 1855 Château Latour belongs to the highest category of Premier Grand Cru Classe, and the estate itself is part of today's top five producers of Bordeaux along with Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Margaux and Château Haut-Brion.
History of Château Latour as a serious winery begins in 1670, when it becomes the personal secretary of Louis XIV - Monsignor de Chavannes. It was during his 1680 here have planted vineyards, and already in 1707 Latour wine offered tempted society of gentlemen in «London Gazette», and its price was equal to the price of a first-class wines such as Château Lafite and Château Pontak (O-Brion) .
One of the main factors of fine quality wines Château Latour is a unique terroir. Extensive water masses on both sides of Pauillac - Atlantic Ocean and the river Gironde - are regulators of heat and provide mild microclimate, so necessary for optimal ripening of grapes, and clay soils, rich in iron, provide good body wine, complex bouquet and excellent tannic basis. The famous central part of the vineyard, called "l'Enclos" (Uncle), planted with old vines, from which the crop and produced the first wine farm Grand Vin de Château Latour.
Like all the "great wines" Bordeaux Château Latour distinguishes rich bouquet, truly deep, multi-taste, drop-down set of tones and semitones, and amazing ability to "keep time". It can rightly be regarded as long-lived, because the potential for the development of this superb wine is from 30 to 60 years. In particular, the Château Latour 1998, according to the famous wine critic Robert Parker, will be at the peak of ripeness between 2009 and 2030!