Bordeaux is perhaps the most traditional and aristocratic of all wine regions. But it is not immune to trends and to concerns about the environment. The latest big-name chateau to convert to organic wine growing and wine making is Château Latour, one of the premier grand cru classes of 1855 (yes, it IS a long time ago).
They are following in the footsteps of an increasing number of chateaux who are moving to a more environmentally friendly way of making wine. Not far way, just a little over a stone’s throw is the almost-as-famous Chateau Pontet Canet that has even converted to biodynamics. As far as we know that is not yet on the agenda for Latour. But who knows? Many organic winemakers also experiment with biodynamics.
Read more on Chateau Latour’s conversion to organics and on the story of the wine itselfin Britt’s article on Forbes: Top Bordeaux Château Latour Goes Organic.
Here’s the introduction:
Organic wines are becoming more and more popular. Even the ultra-traditional Bordelais are doing it.
Driving north from Bordeaux on the Médoc peninsula you pass a number of famous wine chateaux. As soon as you cross the border between Saint Julien and Pauillac you will see one of the most famous, the Château Latour. The château itself is actually hidden behind trees. What you see from the road is the famous tower, “la tour“, looking almost, but not exactly, like the one you see on the wine label. The real life tour is actually a dovecote from the 17th century.
Like many other Médoc chateaux the history of Latour goes back to the 18th century. The current owner, French business man Francois Pinault, one of the richest men in the country, bought the chateau in 1993.
Read Britt’s full article on BKWine on Forbes.
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