It is also on this difficult terroir that the colour, richness and freshness of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape is given full expression. The wines of Latour need time to mature - generally at least ten or fifteen years - before they can be drunk. It is only then that the full complexity of the bouquet is expressed and the palate becomes sufficiently well integrated to be enjoyable and harmonious. In great vintages, the power and energy of Château Latour's wines enables them to continue to develop for several decades with ease. The bouquet and impressions on tasting gradually evolve, becoming more and more complex, ultimately reaching a peak, after which the tannins soften and the wine slowly declines. Beyond the pleasure of drinking them, these wines can produce powerful feelings and unforgettable moments. Château Latour is also recognized as having the ability to produce fine wines even in difficult years.