Chateau Latour is a first growth Bordeaux estate located at the southern end of the Pauillac appellation adjacent to the Gironde River. The vineyard's tower and eternal symbol, La Tour de Saint-Lambert, was built in the 1620's on the site of a previous tower erected to guard against the English during the Hundred Years War.
Many consider Latour to be Bordeaux's finest wine. This is certainly due to its quality but also its penchant for producing consistently superlative wine, even during off years. Latour lies on 195 acres of one of the best terroirs in the region, a factor which mitigates some of the effects of unfavorable weather fluctuations.
Chateau Latour is produced from 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 1%Petite Verdot. Latour is one of the most concentrated, rich and tannic wines in the world. Thus, it must absolutely be aged to be appreciated; ten years at the absolute minimum, although longer would be recommended. A wine of such richness is best suited for equally hearty fare: red meats, wild game, roasts, and decadent cheeses.
Excellence and eminence have their price of course. When purchasing recently released Latour from a less renowned vintage, or as a future, you may still be able to stay under $200. However, most vintages of Latour exceed that price with older and/or exceptional vintages approaching $1,000 a bottle or more.
Top recent vintages include 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1986, & 1982. Those in red have received perfect or near perfect scores.