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Chateau Latour Facts

  • Classification:
    First Growth
  • Second Wine:
    Les Forts de Latour
  • Geography:
    France: Bordeaux: Left Bank: Haut-Medoc AOC: Pauillac AOC
  • Grape Varieties:
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot

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Chateau Latour
If Lafite is renowned for elegance, Latour is prized for power. In recent years, no finer wine has been made in Bordeaux. Latour displays an uncanny combination of deep color; Cabernet-dominated flavors of dark berries, licorice and minerals; the finest oak that money can buy; and great length on the aftertaste. Typically, the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The 190 acre estate is planted to 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The Grand Vin, however, is made exclusively from a 120 acre portion, l'Enclos, which made up the original 1759 domain. Grapes from the remaining acreage go into Latour's second and third wines.

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Chateau Latour is located near the banks of the Gironde river estuary, in the center of the Médoc wine region, 50 kilometers north-west of Bordeaux. Steeped in history, Chateau Latour was first planted in the fourteenth century, but Latour's reputation stems from the late part of the seventeenth century, when the estate was inherited by Alexandre de Ségur. Under his ownership, Latour flourished, and its wine was exported to thirsty aristocrats in England. In 1855, Latour was rated a First Growth and never looked back, continuing to produce consistently excellent wine throughout its history. The estate remained in the Ségur family until 1963, when the English financial group Pearson became the majority shareholder.

The climate of the Médoc is variable and leaves a different imprint on each vintage. While some Bordeaux estates suffer because of the unpredictable weather, Chateaux Latour's proximity to a large body of water (the Gironde estuary) protects it from early cold spells. The gravelly soil at Latour allows vines to develop deep root systems, and lower layers of marly clay provide much needed water in times of drought.

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A team of sixty-six people work in the vineyards and cellars of Chateau Latour. This is a high number for a Bordeaux estate, but also a testament to the meticulous efforts taken at Latour to produce excellent wine.


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