- Monday 20 July 2009
Telephone: +33 (0) 557 977 111
Visits: By appointment only
Details: Pessac-Léognan, Cru Classé de Graves (for red and white wine), Martillac.
Vineyards: Red: Cabernet Sauvignon 59%, Cabernet Franc 2%, Merlot Noir 35%, Cot or Malbec 2%, Petit Verdot 2%. White: Sauvignon 40%, Semillon 55%, Muscadelle 5%.
Chateau Latour-Martillac owes it's name to the tower situated in the centre of the property. It is the only trace left of a small fortified castle built in the 12th century by Montesquieu's forefathers. Edouard Kressmann showed some interest for this growth as early as 1871, when he settled in Bordeaux as a wine merchant. The oldest part of the vineyard, grafted in 1884, still displays the whole range of the white grape varieties that Edouard loved. Alfred, Edouard's eldest son, bought the estate in 1929. The present label, designed by Alfred's son, Jean with gold and black wide oblique stripes, was adopted in 1934; it was inaugurated on a 1929 bottle served in 1936 for His Majesty George VI's coronation. In 1955 Jean inherits the estate which he had managed since 1940 for his father. Tristan and Loïc, two of his sons, have now taken over.