Château Latour is probably the world’s most iconic fine red wine – a left bank Bordeaux first growth – with a rich history and tradition, which produces an intense, rich and powerful style Bordeaux.
Latour's gravelly vineyards comprise 78 hectares, 47 of which (known as L'Enclos) surround the château and are used for the Grand Vin; made exclusively from vieilles vignes (old vines), at an average of 60 years-old – some of the finest vineyard plots in all Bordeaux.
Latour, like many Bordeaux estates is currently undergoing a transformation to more environmental/sustainable/organic practices, which the Château began in 2009. The philosophy is to protect the soils and the land, whilst achieving an optimal expression of Latour’s wonderful terroir in the wines. Latour is now certified organic through Ecocert. Biodynamic methods are also being applied to most of the Enclos according to the lunar calendar.
Latour’s second wine is Les Forts de Latour, which is made from the same vines each vintage, while third in the pecking order is Le Pauillac de Château Latour made from young vines.
The name Latour, derived from the cream-coloured tower that stands in the centre of the impressive vineyard (and more famously on the label), is a classic symbol of Bordeaux. The tower was in fact built as a pigeon roost around 1620.