The storied history of Château Latour exists in documents dating as far back as the 13th century, with the estate’s vineyards gaining recognition and prestige in the 17th century. Located in the township of Pauillac, known as the “aristocrat” of the Médoc in France’s Bordeaux region, Château Latour possesses a unique geography that plays an important role in the production of its wines. The soil consists of loose layers of gravel covering a deep clay subsoil. L’Enclos, the 47 hectares (120 acres) closest to the estate, overlooks the Gironde estuary at the convergence of the Dorgne and Garonne rivers, making the area ideal for growing cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes.
Over the course of hundreds of years, Château Latour has undergone several changes in ownership. Notably, the estate was held in the early 18th century by Alexandre de Ségur, known by Louis XV as the “Prince of Vines.” The Ségur family continued to control at least a portion of the estate until the early 1960s, when it was sold to a British company, Pearson Group. In 1993, Château Latour was purchased by François Pinault for Groupe Artemis, returning it to French control for the first time in nearly three decades. Château Latour produces three distinctive wines: the signature Grand Vin Château Latour, Les Forts de Latour, and Pauillac.
The Grand Vin is strictly limited to vines grown in L’Enclos, the original location of the estate’s 17th century vineyards. It was one of only four wines to be named First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Château Latour Grand Vin’s typical composition is 75 – 80% cabernet sauvignon, with 15 – 20% merlot and a small percentage of cabernet franc and petit verdot grapes. Choice vintages include 1945, 1955, 1961, 2000, and 2009, with varying notes of mocha, tobacco, leather, licorice, truffle, fruit, and spice. In 2011, a 1961 vintage six-liter bottle of Château Latour sold at auction for an astonishing £135,000.
Named after an historic plot in L’Enclos, Les Forts de Latour is a formidable second wine made from younger vines, as well as grapes from select sections outside the 120-acre Grand Vin area. The concentration of merlot grapes tends to be higher than the Grand Vin, comprising 25 – 30% of the total. The estate began producing Les Forts de Latour in 1966, and has not missed a vintage since 1990.
Château Latour’s third wine is simply named Pauillac for the region in which it is made. First introduced in 1973, it consists of largely young vines and press wines that are considered unsuitable for the Grand Vin and Les Forts de Latour.
Château Latour has undergone significant renovations in the past two decades and continues to grow and innovate in the production and packaging of its award-winning wines.
Chateau Latour Wine Values Sold at Auction
Chateau Latour 1945 Pauillac 1ts, 3vhs, 6hs, 1htms, 1ms, 8lbsl, 4lwasl, 3lcc, owc, excellent color Bottle (12) ... (Total: 12 Btls. )
Friday, March 29, 2013
Chateau Latour 1982 Pauillac 4bn, 4ts, owc Bottle (12) ... (Total: 12 Btls. )
Friday, May 6, 2011
Chateau Latour 1982 Pauillac 1ts, 1hs, owc Bottle (12) ... (Total: 12 Btls. )
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Chateau Latour 1982 Pauillac 3bn, 1htsl, owc Bottle (12) ... (Total: 12 Btls. )
Friday, December 2, 2011
Chateau Latour 1982 Pauillac 9bn, 2ts, 1hs, owc Bottle (12) ... (Total: 12 Btls. )
Friday, April 6, 2012
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