Latour is situated on what is arguably the best terroir on the Left Bank, built upon trademark Pauillac gravel and clay subsoil, and perfectly positioned to reap the benefits of the Gironde breeze, reducing the threats of both frost and mildew.
The property sits at the southern end of the Pauillac appellation, neighbouring Saint-Julien’s Château Léoville Las Cases to the south. Its unique terroir is characterised by undulating small
mounds made up of gravel, but also deep clay slate of different colours: blue, red and grey. It is this particular soil type that gives the wine its unique structural framework and power.
Being close to the Gironde, it benefits from the moderating influence of the river, which cools the temperature allowing for longer, slower ripening of the grapes and protects against the risk of frost. This terroir makes Château Latour arguably the most consistent performer among the First Growths, often producing the best wine in the Left Bank in cooler vintages.
There are 92 hectares of vineyards in total, with 47 of those the original prime plot that surrounds the château itself, known as “L’Enclos” – the Grand Vin is sourced exclusively from these vines. Cabernet Sauvignon makes up the bulk of the vineyard (76%), with 22% Merlot and the remainder split between Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The vineyards have been certified organic since 2018, with L’Enclos all now farmed biodynamically.