In the Bordeaux wine region, the history of Château Latour began in the 18th century. At that time, the Latour estate was in the hands of Nicolas-Alexandre de Ségur, President of the Bordeaux Parliament. Nicknamed "Prince of the Vines, Lord of Latour, Lafite and Calon", he owned some of the most prestigious wines in Pauillac and the Médoc. A century later, Château Latour was designated Premier Grand Cru Classé du Médoc. Since 1993, François Pinault has been overseeing the destiny of this estate on the outskirts of Bordeaux. Under his leadership, the entire vineyard of Château Latour (Pauillac appellation) is now farmed organically.
Location of Château Latour
Château Latour is located in Pauillac in the Médoc vineyards, 50 km from Bordeaux. The vineyards cover 90 hectares. 47 hectares of vines around the château are dedicated to the Grand Vin. The estate is planted on a terroir of Graves Günziennes. Château Latour's grape varieties are typical of the Médoc. It consists mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The estate produces exclusively red wines in the Pauillac appellation.
Château Latour wines
In the Château Latour cellars, three types of red wine are aged in French oak barrels. These are the Grand Vin de Château Latour (premier grand cru classé de Pauillac), the Forts de Latour (second wine of Château Latour) and the Pauillac de Château Latour. Since the 2012 vintage, the wines are aged in bottle on the property before tasting. The Pauillac is aged for up to 6 years. The Forts de Latour takes 8 years and the Grand Vin 10. Since the 2007 vintage, each bottle of red wine hascarried a code enabling it to be traced and authenticated.