Chateau Latour 2012, Bordeaux, France (750ml)
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Chateau Latour is situated in the heart of the Medoc wine region, about 50 km north-west of Bordeaux, where the legend of the vineyards of Bordeaux began. The Chateau's prime terroir, l'Enclos, overlooks the estuary of the Gironde river which, over the centuries, has given the vineyard its geological complexity and, on a daily basis, ensures a mild climate.
In the years since 1993, under the leadership off the Pinault family, the estate's owner, significant changes have been made with a view to maintaining Chateau Latour's pursuit of excellence in the wines that it produces.
2012 was a rather late vintage, marked by considerable spring rainfall and mineralisation followed by significant summer drought. Except for a very cold first fortnight in February, the winter was mild - even over 20oC in March - and wet. The Cabernet Sauvignon bud break was recorded on 3rd April. High spring precipitation was mainly concentrated in April (20 days of rain for an overall rainfall of 174mm). Cryptogamic pressure on the vineyard was contained by generally cool temperatures and a late start of the vegetative cycle. May was dry with very variable temperatures whereas June was rainy and mild. Despite this, the Cabernet Sauvignon vines flowered evenly on 6th June. The veraison began on 19th July and continued in extremely dry conditions in August.
Picking started on 24th September and ended on 16th October. Despite heavy rainfall during harvest, the grapes remained in very good condition.
90.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.6% Merlot, 0.2% Petit Verdot.
On the nose, this Chateau Latour is pure with a round and elegant fruitness. The mouth is silky with great density and a vibrant fruit. The tannins are meltingly soft.