In the Middle Ages, Chateau Latour was a strategically important fort that guarded the river estuary, with the oldest document mentioning Latour dating to 1331. The original buildings were destroyed in the 1450s by the King of France whilst expelling the English from Bordeaux – all that remains from this time is one of the most recognisable symbols of Bordeaux, the tower. Latour then spent 300 years under the control of connected families (directly related or related by marriage), until it was finally sold in 1963 to French billionaire Francois Pinault. The day-to-day running of the estate is managed by Latour’s Prersident, Frederic Engerer who joined the estate in 1995. At the turn of the century Chateau Latour underwent extensive works including a total renovation of the winery, vat room and storage areas. Further works and investment to enlarge the workplace and create a new ageing cellar took place in 2012 following the Chateau’s decision to no longer sell their wines en primeur.

The Chateau is situated in the south-eastern tip of the Pauillac appellation and directly borders the vineyard of Leoville Las Cases on the boundary of Saint Julien. Their 92 hectares of vineyards includes vines that are a hundred years old. The 47 hectare site next to the Chateau itself is called L’Enclos where the grapes are exclusively used for the Grand Vin. The property is planted with around 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Chateau Latour often has 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 estate also produces a second wine called Les Forts de Latour.

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.

Available Wines

2017 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac 6x75cl

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2010 Chateau Latour Premier Cru Classe, Pauillac 1x75cl

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2010 Chateau Latour Premier Cru Classe, Pauillac 1x150cl

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2017 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac 6x75cl

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2018 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac 6x75cl

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2017 Chateau Latour Premier Cru Classe, Pauillac 6x75cl

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2017 Chateau Latour Premier Cru Classe, Pauillac 6x75cl

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£2,400/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2011 Chateau Latour Premier Cru Classe, Pauillac 6x75cl

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