Chateau Latour: Now is Absolutely the Best Time to Buy Bordeaux Wine – Wine Oh TV

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(upbeat music) (corks popping) (upbeat music) (cork pops) (upbeat music) (glasses clink) – [Monique] Well, we just
sat down for a tasting of a lifetime. Magnificent wines from Chateau Latour dating back to 1990. – Well, we have a broad range of vintages from exceptional vintages, 2010 or 203 to more read for drinking
vnintages like 204. All the wines de Latour,
or les Forts de Latour which is our second
wine, and the Pauillac. So, I think we had a good
introduction to the Latour family. – [Monique] Absolutely, and
talk about your rich history dating back to the 1300s,
family owned for over 600 years. – [Federic] The history is
the people who work there, you know, so they are
generation, generations of people who have been working on this premises, and things have changed a lot. Things have changed a
lot, and it’s not because it’s old, but it’s good. It good because there’s a special place (speaking French),
which is really amazing. – You can really taste
a sense of place there. And, whenever people talk
about the first gross or the wines of Bordeaux they talk about it’s a magical place. What makes Bordeaux so magical? – [Federic] You have to come
and visit us to understand that this place is, there’s
a sense of magical moment when enter. Bordeaux has the quality
and also the size. If you have a quality and you’re too small nobody actually has the
chance to drink your wine. So, the chance of Bordeaux
is to be, it has to be exposed all over the world
for many, many years. Who had people that has
built the notoriety, it has built brand, but that’s gone on for many, many years now. – [Monique] And, some of
the things that people have been talking about lately, obviously, is how the price of Bordeaux has gotten, it’s skyrocketed. You said something interesting about how 20 years ago you had
two times the inventory that you have now. – You know, I remember in
the early 80s when the US started to buy wine, I
have articles, you know, dating back 82, 83 the
French people were writing we can’t buy these wines
because Texans are buying it now and it’s too expensive. Then after, we had the
Japanese people in the end of the 80s, then the
Russians, then the Chinese. But, these countries were
not buying wine before, so inevitably we are
making the same or less quantities because we are
more severe in our selections because we want to try to
make the best possible wines. So, this double effect of
less quantity and more buyers, whether we like it or not,
it’s a bit frustrating because we have a lot of
our friends and our private customers who say, “Hey, I can’t
afford your wines anymore.” But, really the market
and (speaking French), there’s no way we can do much about it. – [Monique] Do you feel
like it’s going to continue and just go higher,
higher, or do you think it’ll plateau and level off a bit? – Bordeaux is all about ups and downs. It’s ups and downs in the vintages, because every year is a
very different climate. It’s ups and downs in economic trends. So, I think we’ve reached plateau. I think China now is
slowing down, clearly. So, it might be a good time to buy. – Oh good, a good time to
by Chateau Latour, right? One last question, I
happened to be in Bordeaux September 2013, what a rough year you guys had weather-wise. – You’re right, 13 was close
to a disaster, actually, very close to a major disaster. We had to bring in so
many people in the fields to sort, to pick. It was like a bit of an emergency fire where 208, 209, 2010
were much more relaxed, much more relaxed. You need to get used to that. – [Monique] And, how do you recover? – You don’t recover,
you need to absorb this. And, it’s a double punishment
because the quality is tough in 2013, but also
the volumes are very low. So, you know, this is agriculture. We’re not selling cars, you know. You need to accept that Mother Nature is ruling your job. – [Monique] Wonderful wines,
thank you for your time.

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