1976 Latour, Pauillac

SKU #1021359 92 points John Gilman

 This is from that era when Latour made good wines in virtually every vintage and the 1976 is an eminently satisfying and complete wine. There is not quite the customary mid-palate amplitude here as in most vintages of Latour, but the wine is poised, complex and very refined and is the star of the vintage, alongside Ausone and Lafite. The bouquet offers up a fully mature blend of backed cassis, cigar ash, gravel, tobacco leaf, a nice touch of walnut and trace elements of iron. On the palate the wine is full, complex and beautifully soil-driven in personality, with a good, but not great core, melted tannins and fine focus and grip on the long and beautifully balanced finish. A superb 1976. (Drink between 2017-2040)  (9/2017)

K&L Notes

Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate says: "Though not the geographical centre of the Médoc, for me Latour sits at its heart, stoically observing the mercurial landscape as châteaux vanish into mere passing-notes in Feret whilst others germinate from nothing. Yet Château Latour remains a constant, for many the apotheosis of Pauillac and of Bordeaux."

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.