Varietal: Bordeaux Blends Region: Bordeaux Country: France
ABOUT CHATEAU LATOUR:
Chateau Latour is a First Growth estate that lies at the southeastern tip of Pauillac in the Medoc region of Bordeaux bordering St Julien and covers 78 hectares. The estate site has been occupied since at least 1331, and the estate itself dates back to at least 1378. A fort was built 300 meters from the estate to guard against attack during the Hundred Years' War. The tower that was built ultimately gave rise to the estate's name. The original tower was destroyed but in the 1620's a new, circular tower (La Tour de Saint-Lambert) was built on the estate and is said to have been constructed using components from the original.
Chateau Latour produces three red wines: its Grand vin, a second wine, Les Forts de Latour has been produced since 1966, and a third wine, called Pauillac, had its first release in 1990. The estate has been home to grape vines since the 14th century. On average, approximately 16-20,000 cases of Latour are made each year, 10-12,000 cases of Les Forts de Latour, and production varies for the generic Pauillac year-to-year. The vineyard is comprised of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot. The Latour gets 100% new oak barrels for aging, and the Les Forts de Latour is aged in 50% new oak and 50% one-year-old oak barrels.