1996 1er Cru Classé Pauillac

Grapes Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 1er Cru Classé

This is a monster. It is fiercely tannic, but it is the sheer concentration of flavour which is almost frightening. Plummy, super-concentrated, it fills every corner of the mouth with its richness - ‘époustouflant’ as they say in France.

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The 1996 is a top vintage with great ageing potential. 'The price is a big improvement on 1995's, whose ex-château premium fell on deaf ears,' said Liv-ex analysts.
(Sep 2014)

A spectacular Latour, the 1996 may be the modern day clone of the 1966, only riper. This vintage, which is so variable in Pomerol, St.-Emilion, and Graves, was fabulous for the late-harvested Cabernet Sauvignon of the northern Medoc because of splendid weather in late September and early October. An opaque purple color is followed by phenomenally sweet, pure aromas of cassis infused with subtle minerals. This massive offering possesses unreal levels of extract, full body, intensely ripe, but abundant tannin, and a finish that lasts for nearly a minute. Classic and dense, it displays the potential for 50-75 years of longevity. Although still an infant, it would be educational to taste a bottle. 2015-2050.

Dark crimson, intensely cassis and cedar. Bone dry and reserved. Not at all friendly at the moment. Lots of tannin and toughness. Pretty unyielding, although there is clearly a core of plummy fruit underneath. Relatively light for a Latour though very long. 2016-2035

Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberries, plums and blackberries. Mind-blowing nose. Full-bodied, with soft and silky tannins and a long caressing finish. Hard not to drink now, but leave it alone. Best after 2010.

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