In great vintages, the power and energy of Château Latour's wines enables them to continue to develop for several decades with ease. The bouquet and impressions on tasting gradually evolve, becoming increasingly complex, ultimately reaching a peak, after which the tannins soften and then the wine slowly declines. Beyond the pleasure of drinking them, these wines can produce powerful feelings and unforgettable moments. A very classic, pure, well-defined vintage. On the border between the 2004 and the 2006, it joins a beautiful series of very good quality vintages. This classicism is obviously best expressed in the Grand Vin, which is severe but also rich and intense. A great deal of class and nobility in this wine.
After a warmer than normal January and February, the growing season began with cool temperatures. The spring was wet, with regular rain from March to April. May was a little warmer than normal, but then there was cooler weather from June to September. A shortage of rain in July resulted in moderate water stress. The end of the summer was very rainy with frequent showers from early August to mid-September. Fortunately, the second half of September improved, with dry weather conducive to ripening. The harvests took place in beautiful late summer weather, from 29 September to 19 October. This enabled an optimization of a valuable balance between high phenolic indicators, correct sugar levels and fairly high acidity.
The heart of the Enclos is the only terroir that, every year, can produce the depth, elegance and concentration that we expect of the Grand Vin. It is here that the Cabernet Sauvignon (accounting for more than 90% of the blend) can achieve optimal expression in terms of colour, richness and freshness.
These wines need time - often a decade- before they begin to be ready for drinking.