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Chateau Latour is a famous French estate growing vineyards. The wine prepared under this label is rated as First growth and comes under the classification of 1855 Bordeaux. This popular estate engages in producing three kinds of red wine. In addition to its first growth Grand Vin, the estate has as well produced Les Forts de Latour from the year 1996, which is its second growth. And its third growth is being released every year right from 1990. It is noteworthy that Imperial, a product of Chateau Latour was marketed in a 6-litre bottle for £135,000 during 2011. Generally Vine has its origin somewhere in the 14th century. And the Chateau wines are believed to have early recognition from the 16th century onwards. The estate spreads to about 78 hectares of which 47 hectares were dedicated to cultivation of Grand Vin grape vines. The grape varieties from this vine estate had the composition – Carbernet Sauvingnon of 80%, Merlot of 18% and Carbernet Franc plus Petit Verdot of 2%. The annual production of Chateau Latour’s Grand Vin is observed to be 18,000 cases. And it contains Carbernet Sauvingnon 75%, Merlot 20% and the remaining is shared between Carbernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It second growth Les Forts de Latour has the typical composition of Carbernet Sauvingnon of 70% and Merlot 30% with yearly manufacture of 11,000 cases.
Bordeaux latour wine is manufactured from Bordeaux region of France. Around 700 million bottles of Bordeaux wine are being produced and it is considered one of the expensive wines sold in France and worldwide. Around 89% of wine produced in Bordeaux is red wine and it is popularly known as Claret in Great Britain.
The prime reason for excellent production of wine in Bordeaux is due to its climatic conditions that favor growth of vineyards. Its soil is geologically observed as limestone, which is rich in calcium. The rivers Garonne and the Dordogne Rivers, which flow across the region, irrigate the land and offer an oceanic climate.
Generally Bordeaux wines are subjected to age in stainless steel barrels in today’s production. The natural fermentation that takes place in the barrels makes the wine to be of superior quality. Normally the grapes are allowed to ferment for about 6 months in the barrels. However, few chateaux wines were allowed to ferment between 18 to 20 months.
Bordeaux wines are classified into four categories according to the different parts of cultivation within the Bordeaux region. The red wines of first growth are considered the most expensive and they include Château Lafite-Rothschild (appellation Pauillac), Château Margaux (appellation Margaux), Château Latour (appellation Pauillac), Château Haut-Brion (appellation Péssac-Leognan) and Château Mouton Rothschild (appellation Pauillac. White sweet wines are classified into three categories. One can identify the genuine Bordeaux wine with its label content. The label generally include the estate name, the classification of estate, appellation denoting the wine type in the bottle, the place where the wine is bottled, the vintage year and the amount of alcohol present. Bordeaux wines are commonly sold in wine auctions due to its vintage collection. Most of the Bordeaux wines are retailed as future contracts referred to as en primeur.