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Chateau Latour

The creamy-colored fortress like tower, notably depicted on the wines label, remains from about 1625. It was built as a dovecote, on the site of a 15th century fortress. This fortress was one of a chain along the shores of the Gironde, and was used by the English to fend off attacks by pirates. The fortress was destroyed by the forces of the King of France during the campaign leading to the expulsion of the English in 1452.
 
By 1595 Arnaud Miller had become proprietor of the Estate of Latour de St-Mambert as it was known then. His son Dennis who inherited the estate was to absorb all the micro-properties of tenants, buy more land and by the 1650’s complete the transformation from a feudal patchwork to an estate in the modem sense, run by a salaried manager. This vineyard as a result is one of the oldest in the Medoc.
 
As with all great wines a lot of care and careful selection is used in making the wines. On average only 60% of what is produced becomes the grand vin. And in some cases such as 1974 only 25% of the crop was bottled Latour. The remainder becoming Les Forts, Pauillac or vin ordinaire.
 
  • Second label: Les Forts de Latour.
  • Area under vines: 60ha; 47ha. Ch. Latour, 13ha Les Forts de Latour.
  • Av. prod.: Tot. prod. 28.000.
  • Distr. of vines.: 1 main block around the Ch., 2 smaller parcels near Ch.Haut-Batailley.
  • Soil: The soil at Latour is almost pure fine gravel that affords superb drainage.
  • Grape varieties: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cab. Franc.
  • Punning: Guyot Double.
  • Vines per ha.: 10,000.
  • Average age: 35 years.
  • Av. yield per ha.: 40-45hl.
  • Added yeasts: occasionally.
  • Length of maceration: 21 days.
  • Temp. of ferm.: 30 C.
  • Control of fermentation: Thermostatically controlled stainless steel tanks.
  • Type of vat: Stainless steel.
  • Vin de presse.: added following careful tastings.
  • Age of casks: 100% new each vintage.
  • Time in cask: 20-26 months.
  • Fining: Fresh egg whites (6 per barrel).
  • Filtration: None.
  • Type of bottle: Bordelaise lourde.
  • Bottled at the chateau: 100%.
  • STORAGE: 10-40 Years.
  • SERVICE TEMPERATURE: 17 C
  • FOOD/CONSUMPTION: They are a perfect complement to lamb, veal poultry and delicate game. Particularly good with Venison.
¥99,000
(¥108,900 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Style: Dry

Grade: First-Growth

Producer: Chateau Latour

Size: 750ml

Tasting Note:    The wines are dense, structured and tannic. The fruit recalls the 1988, but riper, and the constitution of the 1986, but less austere....
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¥33,900 ¥31,820
(¥35,002 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

Grade: A.O.C.- Pauillac

Producer: Chateau Latour

Size: 750ml

The wine is a deep dark black ruby with a youthful purple hue and a firm rim structure. Complex nose with hints of cedar accompanied by subtle raspberry, spice and oak undertones. Medium bodied, the wine is rich, round, fresh and elegant with a firm yet integrated structure. Well balanced with a medium finish.
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¥33,900 ¥32,220
(¥35,442 Including tax)

Country: France

Area: Bordeaux / Pauillac

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 13

Grade: A.O.C.- Pauillac

Producer: Chateau Latour

Size: 750ml

Classic, it exhibits a good depth of color. Aromatic with floral nuances accompanied by hints of vanilla, mineral and black cherries along with subtle toast notes. Medium bodied, the wine is fresh, firm and balanced with relatively smooth velvety tannins accompanied by a medium to long finish. JKW04/15.
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