Virtually opaque. A very intense nose: again it is all about the definition on the nose: blackberry leaf, touch of mint. Very fresh, brilliant delineation and acidity, superb balance. Captures both classic and modern Latour. Masculine, long-term Latour. Classicists will adore this. Very sophisticated on the finish. It is picking at straws, but at this nascent juncture, Lafite just has the edge.Tasted April 2006.
Wine Maker Notes
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Average vine age is 37 years. In order to retain the advantage of older vines, the renewal of the vines is not done in lots, but periodically throughout the vineyard. Each vine that is replaced is identified by a yellow plastic ring, making them easily identifiable so they can be harvested before the main harvest in order to avoid any confusion. This isolation of the young vines continues for 8 years. The 124 acres produce around 20,000 cases.