Pessac Leognan

Chateau Latour-Martillac


Located in Martillac, the cru owes its name to the small tower that adorns the entrance of the property. Remains of a 12th century fort, this tower was built by the ancestors of Montesquieu whose famous castle La Brède is only a few kilometers away. Edouard Kressmann, a merchant of Rhine origin established in Bordeaux in 1871, then distributes the wines produced by the estate, known at the time for the quality of its whites. He therefore knows the property well and gives him his advice. Alfred, son of Edward, actually bought it in 1929. He develops the red wines and these are chosen during the coronation banquet Edward VII in 1936. Jean, Alfred's second son, manages the estate from 1940 and then inherited it in 1955. He extends the vineyard which he gradually brings to his current size and completely renovates the cellars. in 1989. & nbsp; The two youngest sons of Jean Kressmann, Tristan and Lo & iuml; c, now lead the estate.The vineyard of 45 ha, of which 36 ha of red occupies hilly terrain of gravel, sand and clay . The grape varieties are red Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (35%) and Petit Verdot (5%) and, in white, Sauvignon (40%), Sauvignon (40%) and Muscadelle (55%) ( 5%). The average age of the vines is 35 years and the planting density varies from 7200 to 8500 vines / ha.Large classified in red and white, Latour-Martillac produces for a very long time high quality white wines and currently offers , in both colors, a very good price / quality ratio. The estate produces a second wine "Lagrave-Martillac " in red as in white.

Owner Description

Built in 1953, the Chateau Latour-Martillac owes its name to the Tower adorning its courtyard, a remnant of a fort built in Martillac in the 12th century by the ancestors of the famous philosopher and winemaker Montesquieu. This estate attracted the attention of Edouard Kressmann, a merchant in Bordeaux since 1871, especially for the quality of his white wines. His eldest son, Alfred bought the estate in 1930, and developed the red vineyard, with his son Jean, on the remarkable gravelly croup of the village of Martillac. They drew together the original label, barred with gold and sand, which has adorned the bottles since 1934. This vintage was chosen in red by the Wine and Spirit Benevolent Society of London for the Coronation Banquet. his majesty George VI king of England, in 1936. Today, Tristan and Loic Kressmann, the last two sons of Jean Kressmann, help of the best oenologists consultants of Bordeaux, continue the family tradition to make the best of this authentic terroir of Graves. They re-equilibrated the share of white grapes, by a contribution of Sauvignons harmoniously complementing Semillons and Muscadelle historical domain. In red, the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is now happily complemented by excellent Petit Verdots, located on one of the best gravel ridges in the village of Martillac.



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