Chateau Latour Grand Vin is one of the most respected of First Growths of Bordeaux and the most consistent in terms of style. Président Frédéric Engerer produces 3 wines: the Grand Vin always comes from the vines surrounding the chateau and 16-20,000 cases are made each year. The second wine, Les Forts de Latour, is now regarded as a great wine in itself. Finally Pauillac de Latour is usually the product of young vines.
The estate is located at the southern edge of Pauillac, bordering the St Julien vineyards of Chateau Léoville Las Cases, and covering 78 hectares. As one would expect in Pauillac, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the plantings, accounting for 80% of the vineyard, with Merlot (18%) and Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot comprising the remaining 2%.
Hand-harvesting is key to producing the best quality wines. Each parcel of vines is vinified separately. A three-week long maceration is followed by malolactic fermentation in vats before the wine chosen to become Chateau Latour is run off into barrels, 100% new, for ageing. The wine destined to become Les Forts de Latour is aged in 50% new oak and 50% one-year-old barrels.
Wines from Chateau Latour are consistently praised for their excellent quality and their ability to age well. Two of the most respected vintages are 1928 and 1945 and the estate holds the prestigious 1855 Classification alongside other esteemed chateaux, including Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Haut-Brion.
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