Chateau Latour-Martillac owes its name to a tower standing in the chateau’s main courtyard. This tower is in fact the vestige of a 12th century fort, once used to overlook the road from Bordeaux to Toulouse. Owned by the Kressmann family since 1871, Chateau Latour-Martillac achieved the title of Cru Classe des Graves in both red and white in 1953. Tristan and Loïc Kressmann continue to carry on the family tradition with passion and ambition, developing great red and white Graves wines.
The Chateau Latour-Martillac vineyard enjoys an exceptional location in the Pessac-Leognan appellation. The Martillac plateau is composed of a mosaic of gravel dating from the Quaternary, including flint, quartz, lydian and jasper. These soils constitute the terroir of choice for Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The other main terroir of the property is located closer to the Garonne, where we find clay-limestone and gravelly soils on the surface. This is where the Merlot and the white grape varieties of the property are planted (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon).
The particularly mild winter favored an early bud break. The heavy spring rainfall caused strong mildew pressure and coulure in the case of the Merlot. The summer was very dry, bringing 8 weeks without rain. While the rainy days in mid-August helped reinvigorate the maturation of the grapes, the dry conditions led to grapes of small size and high concentration. The concentration was enhanced further by the unprecedented heat wave during the harvest.
The Chateau Latour-Martillac 2020 was aged in oak barrels (40% in new barrels).
Deep and dark, the wine displays a purplish color.
The intense nose blends fruity fragrances (blackcurrant, black cherry, fresh fruit) with hints of licorice and spices.
The gourmet and powerful palate seduces with its density, its mouth-coating texture and velvety tannins. Beautifully fresh, the finish is fruity and persistent.