France: Bordeaux


Easy reach from the city of Bordeaux - and truly excellent wines
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 12 May 2010
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Château Latour-Martillac

Address: 8 Chemin de la Tour, 33650 Martillac
Tel: 05 57 97 71 11  Fax: 05 57 97 71 17
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:42:32N (44.70890)    Longitude: -0:32:20W (-0.53881) 

Very well positioned on a ridge towards the top of Martillac (you can just about walk here from the village), this is a large château with gravel-lined entrance accessed through very impressive gates, and still has the attractive 12th century tower that gives the château its name. This château was renowned for its excellent white wines before its reds, but in recent years has been planting more red varieties and today has more planted to Cabernet and Merlot than to Sauvignon and Sémillon. The whites stay on their lees for one year. Owned by the Kressman family since 1929 (they also own Château Lespault, just round the corner), this is a professionally run visit and very interesting. A piece of trivia – Latour-Martillac was served at George VI’s coronation in 1936 at Buckingham Palace.

Useful information: Visits from 10.00-17.00 (with no break for lunch), Monday to Saturday morning by appointment only, free for individuals, €7 for groups (maximum 40). Tasting of Château wine in read and second wine in white. Tours available in French, English and German.


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