Pauillac Protected Designation of Origin and First Great Classed Growth
Francois Pinault has owned Chateau Latour since 1993. This estate is Pauillac designation's historic Premier Cru Classe (Classification of 1855), it's located in the Bordeaux region, on the left bank of the Gironde. The 78-hectare vineyard grows on clay-gravel and sandy-gravel soils on marls. The vines are about 40 years old. Domaine Latour's vines are grown according to the sustainable winegrowing principles. The Chateau produces 3 red wine cuvees including a Great Wine, "Le Grand Vin de Chateau Latour", that is only made from vines of the historic terroir plot called "l'Enclos" (47 Ha). The second wine, "Les Forts de Latour", is made from vines growing outside of the Enclos and from tanks that were not selected for the Great Wine. In addition to these two cuvees, and every year since 1990, the estate has produced a third red wine, "Le Pauillac de Chateau Latour", which is made from young vines growing on external plots and from tanks that were not selected for "Les Forts de Latour". These are all blended wines: they come from Chateau Latour's four grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (18%), Cabernet Franc (1%), and Petit Verdot (1%), which are used in different proportions, depending on the vintage and the cuvee. A larger share of Merlot is used in the second and third wines (“Les Forts de Latour” and “Pauillac de Chateau Latour”).
Of exceptional quality, Chateau Latour's regularity is one of the best of Bordeaux First Growths (in the classification of 1855) and Pauillac First Classed Growths. In its best years (2015, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1982, 1971, 1970, 1966, 1962, 1961, 1959, 1949), Chateau Latour produced outstanding wines and deserves all the praise and excellent scores it got from the most influential critics. The 2003, 1982 and 1961 vintages are particularly exceptional, and Robert Parker rewarded them with the best "tasting note" score of 100. Latour makes a powerful, tannic, concentrated, full-bodied and intense wine that is full of these characteristic blackcurrant, tobacco and mild spice flavours. It's got an impressive ageing potential (20 to 40 years). Chateau Latour's bottles are sought after for their extreme quality and their huge ageing potential.
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