Classified Growth of Graves for red and white wines
- Pessac Léognan -
Classified Growth of Graves, Château Latour-Martillac is a 45 hectare wine estate located in Martillac in Gironde. It owes its name to the tower adorning its main courtyard built in the 16th century by the philosopher and winegrower ancestor, Montesquieu. Owned by the Kressmann family since 1930, the castle underwent a major restructuring during the 20th century. Among the references of the Pessac-Léognan appellation, the wines offered by the chateau constitute a very good quality-price ratio. The red wines are elegant and well-balanced, while the whites are complex and delicate.
SOILS : Günzian gravels from the quaternary period, slid from the Pyrenees
AVERAGE AGE OF THE VINEYARD : 35 years (red), 25 years (white)
DENSITY OF PLANTATION: 7,200 to 10,000 vines/ha
RED VARIETIES: Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (40%), Petit Verdot (5%)
WHITE VARIETIES : Sauvignon Blanc (60%), Semillon (40%)
PRUNING METHOD : Double Guyot
HARVESTING : Manual
VINIFICATION : French oak barrels (whites), thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks (reds)
AGEING : On lees for 15 months, 11 months in barrels (whites), 16 to 18 months in French oak barrels (reds)
CHÂTEAU LATOUR-MARTILLAC, A UNIQUE FAMILLY HISTORY
The history of the acquisition of the estate goes back to 1871. At that time, Edouard Kressmann owned a trading company: "Edouard Kressmann & Cie" and it was while searching for quality white wines that he discovered the elegance of the gravel wines, particularly in the commune of Martillac. He was charmed by the estate called Latour at the time, where he regularly bought wine.
It was finally in 1930 that Edouard's eldest son, Alfred Kressmann, acquired his father's favourite property. He immediately changed the name of the estate from Château Latour to Château Latour-Martillac and started a reconstruction work with a rebalancing of the production in favour of red wines.
In 1954, Jean Kressmann, Alfred's second son, inherited the estate following the death of his parents. Despite difficult times, he continued his father's work and developed the red vineyard. In the early 1970s, he acquired land and the vineyard quickly expanded to nearly 30 hectares. A few years later, Jean called upon his sons, Loïc and Tristan, to help him. This fourth Kressmann generation will bring a new dynamic to the property.
In 1989, a major renovation of the winery was carried out in order to integrate the latest technical innovations and to adapt to the new production areas. Loïc and Tristan also adjusted the blending of the white wines with a complement of Sauvignon and for the reds, the addition of plots of Petit Verdot contributing today to the charm and complexity of the red wines of the domain.
CHÂTEAU LATOUR-MARTILLAC, AN EXCEPTIONAL TERROIR
Château Latour-Martillac is a 57-hectare vineyard located in Martillac in the Bordeaux region, in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The vineyard of the estate is divided into two sub-sets:
- The plateau of Martillac, a ridge overlooking the village, composed of a mosaic of Quaternary Günzian gravel. Its warm and draining soil is ideal for two of the
property's red grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
- A hillside with clay-limestone soil and some gravel on the surface, sloping
towards the South-East. It is here that we find the Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and
Semillon grape varieties which express themselves perfectly.
The estate also owns an old plot of 65 ares, dating back to 1884, named "Gratte-Cap". It is a heritage of the historical cultivation practices of the château and includes the white grape varieties Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle. It is cultivated in a traditional way, manually and the soils are ploughed with horses.
CHÂTEAU LATOUR-MARTILLAC, A STRONG environmental approach
Château Latour-Martillac has been committed for several years to respecting the environment and developing its farming practices. In 2020, their commitment is marked by the acquisition of the High Environmental Value (HVE) level three certification. The estate is also committed to obtaining the Bee Friendly certification. Since 2010, Château Latour-Martillac has been supporting the work of a beekeeper who has installed 38 hives in the heart of the vineyard.
This approach is also in favour of the partners and suppliers of the castle who share this same respect for the environment:
- The bottles are made from 55 to 80% recycled glass and produced in Gironde.
- The caps are made of 100% recyclable tin.
- The barrels come from PEFC certified French forests
- The boxes are made of 75% recycled materials and 100% recyclable
- Use of local products to accompany the tastings
- Recycling, energy savings, limited printing of brochures and leaflets...
In 2020, Château Latour-Martillac also inaugurated a new cellar for the vinification of red wines that is more respectful of environmental constraints, allowing for a reduction in water consumption as well as using less air conditioning.
In a bottle of wine, there is more history than geography
the know-how of château latour-martillac
Château Latour-Martillac owes its reputation to the quality of its white wines. Valérie Vialard, oenologist and cellar master, along with her teams, will carry out a real precise work, from the harvest to the bottling.
For the white wines, the grapes are harvested manually by successive selections. They are then transported in small crates to the cellar where they are again selected on a sorting table. In the cellar, the grapes are pressed slowly in order to express all the aromas, then the musts are naturally clarified before being placed in oak barrels. Once fermentation is complete, the wines are aged on fine lees, with regular stirring, bringing complexity and structure. They are then blended, the first wine will be aged for another 15 months, before bottling the following winter and the second wine for 8 months, with bottling before summer.
For the red wines, the harvest is also done manually, starting with the Merlots, followed by the Petits Verdots and the Cabernets Sauvignon. Once in the winery, the grapes are de-stemmed, and then sorted on a table before being sent for fermentation in thermo-regulated wooden or stainless steel vats. Each parcel is vinified separately allowing a precise assembly. The wines are then aged for a period of 16 to 18 months in French oak barrels, with approximately 40% new barrels each year.
the cuvées of château latour-martillac
The wines of Chateau Latour-Martillac are among the references of the Pessac-Léognan appellation:
The Grand Vin of the estate, Chateau Latour-Martillac, is available in red and white and comes from the best parcels of the vineyard. The red Château Latour-Martillac is a wine with a deep purple colour. It has a fruity nose with aromas of red fruits, spices and a touch of smoke. On the palate, it reveals a real balance as well as fine and velvety tannins. The finish reveals a finely spiced length from the Petit Verdot, which makes this wine special. Château Latour-Martillac white, has a pale yellow colour, revealing aromas of white fruits and citrus. The mouth is fresh, lively and tense, offering a sublime balanced and mineral structure.
The second wine of the estate, Lagrave-Martillac was created in red in 1986, then in white in 1990. Produced from the young vines of the property, the wines benefit from the same care as the first wine. Lagrave-Martillac red has a sublime deep red colour and offers fruity and spicy aromas. It has a supple attack with notes of red fruits and a touch of wood. On the palate, this wine has fine tannins and a very nice balance. Lagrave-Martillac white has a pale yellow colour with green reflections. On the nose, it offers complex notes of fruit and citrus. On the palate, this wine reveals a soft, round and fleshy attack, with a fresh and tasty finish.
The estate also has a final wine, Lacroix-Martillac, available in red and white. These wines are made from plot selections from the château's vines. Lacroix-Martillac red has a deep purple colour. The nose is intense, with notes of red and black fruits, liquorice and a touch of smoke. The mouth is marked by a frank, powerful and fresh attack as well as supple and coated tannins. Lacroix-Martillac white has an attractive pale yellow colour with green reflections. It has an elegant nose, expressive with notes of yellow lemon and light floral notes. The attack is round and fleshy with a long finish.