In the 14th century, Gaucelme de Castillon built the tower from which Château Latour gets its name, and wine production on the estate also began around this time. The tower is long gone; the wine, however, has gone from strength to strength.
Along with other top Bordeaux wines such as Lafite and Margaux, Latour really took off in the 18th century. The estate was divided during the French Revolution, but was reunited in 1841 and went on to became one of the original four First Growths in the 1855 Classification.
The grand vin's fruit is grown on a 47-hectare portion of the estate, known as l'Enclos. The wine typically comprises 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The estate produces 11,000 cases of the grand vin each year, on average.
"Latour is unquestionably the most consistent of Bordeaux's first growths. True to its reputation this wine is as remarkable in the finer vintages as in the lesser ones. Generally powerful, tannic, rich, dense, and intense, the wines of Latour are always top flight and extremely long-lived."
— Robert Parker
Notes and Reviews
Jancis Robinson (17.5/20)
This looked relatively mature. Rich and sweet. There was an element of rusty nails about this and I decided it was either St-Julien or Pauillac. Quite dense. Sweet and vibrant. Long. Beefy.
Wine Spectator (90)
Dark red colour. Complex aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate, tar, and minerals. Medium- to full-bodied and balanced, with fine tannins and a silky texture.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Age of Vines||40 years old|
|Vinification||21 days' maceration and fermentation in stainless steel vats|
|Elevage||17 months in oak barrels (85%-100% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Gunzian gravel over clay and limestone|