A strategically important fort occupied the site of Château Latour in the middle ages guarding the river estuary. The original buildings were destroyed in the 1450’s by the King of France while expelling the English and all that remains from this time is one of the most recognisable symbols of Bordeaux, the tower.
Latour spent 300 years under the control of connected families (directly related or related by marriage) and was finally sold in 1963. The French billionaire François Pinault purchased the property in 1993 and the day to day running is handled by Latour’s President Frédéric Engerer.
Château Latour is situated in the South eastern tip of the Pauillac appellation and boarders the boundry of Saint Julien and the vineyard of Leoville Las Cases. Grapes grown exclusively for the Grand Vin are planted in the l’Enclos, a 47 hectare site directly next to the Château.
Latour is a powerful masculine wine with dense structured tannins while still managing to retain a wonderful balance. The strong concentration of fruit and full bodied flavours add up to a real blockbuster wine which has a reputation as being the most consistent over the last century.
The international appeal of Latour is undeniable and was underlined when the wine took pride of place at an auction of Chinese art and jewellery in Hong Kong in 2011. Record prices were obtained for ex-cellar stock and six magnums of the fabled 1961 vintage were sold for $231,300.00 which is evidence of Latour’s great reputation for developing slowly and ageing brilliantly.
The second wine of Latour is Les Forts de Latour.