The most distinguished feature of the property is the large tower depicted on the label. Although no longer square, the fortified tower was part of a defensive line overlooking the marsh and river, ostensibly to protect against pirates. Rebuilt in around 1620, it remains the trademark image associated with Château Latour.
The actual estate consists of 78 hectares of vineyards, 47 of which go into the Grand Vin, referred to as l’Enclos. Around 80% of the vines are cabernet sauvignon, whose roots dig deep in to the gravel soil into the clay beneath. Merlot, which contributes about 18% of the final grand vin blend, is planted on less gravelly soil where the clay can be reached more easily. Cabernet franc and petit verdot are also used.
Rigorous selection post harvest determines the grapes which will make the grand vin. The remaining vines are used to create the second wine, Les Forts de Latour and third wine, Pauillac de Château Latour.
Château Latour is considered the epitome of Bordeaux with the depth of structure for decades of ageing.
2008 Château Latour
With pure aromas of toast, graphite and cedar – already beautifully complex. The palate reveals a fine density; rich berry and cassis, with a marked gravelly minerality. This is a taut, linear style with naturally high tannin, making for a firm, precise and powerful Latour. Not imposing, but forthright, with ample toasty, cedary, black fruit and an unerring minerality. Elegant and linear, with great purity and freshness, this vintage recalls the style associated with 2004 and 2006.
Leave 2018 / 2040
The Wines of Château Latour
Made exclusively from old vines situated in the ‘Grand Enclos’ – the main vineyard of 47 hectares. Aged in new barrels for 18 months, the general blend comprises of 75% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 4% cabernet and 1% petit verdot.
Available vintages of Château Latour
Les Forts de Latour
Produced from young vines which are less than twelve years old or from grapes which are not quite good enough to make it into the grand vin. Usually comprising of 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot, it has been released en primeur since 1990.
Available vintages of Les Forts de Latour
Pauillac de Château Latour
First produced in 1973 and often made out of the same young vines as Les Forts de Latour. Again cabernet sauvignon is predominant with merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot finishing the blend.
Available vintages of Pauillac de Château Latour