The 7.9 hectare, Right Bank Bordeaux vineyard of Latour a’ Pomerol is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc over gravel, clay and sand terroir. Due to the small size of most Pomerol vineyards, the vines are most often found in contiguous plantings. That is not the case with Latour a’ Pomerol as their vines are spread out over the Pomerol appellation. However, their best parcels are located close to the Church. Perhaps the fact that their wine is produced from numerous terroirs is part of the reason the wine lacks consistency. When it’s good, it’s great. But numerous vintages have been at best, well made, but not exciting. That being said, the wine of Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol was outstanding in 2009. Some of the credit to the improvement in their wines can be attributed to the new drainage system placed in the vineyards. The drainage system completed in 2003 allows a system of wells and pumps to ferry out the water in very wet vintages. The lacks of slopes made this an important part of the estates renovation.
For the production of Latour a’ Pomerol, two laser sorting tables have been in use since 2009. The winery uses thermoregulated concrete vats and since 2004 some stainless tanks, no bleedings, malolactic fermentation takes place mostly in tank. A small portion of the wine goes through malolactc fermentation in barrel. The press wine obtained from vertical basket presses is added or not during the élevage. Latour a’ Pomerol is aged in between 30% new French oak and 50% new, French oak barrels for on average close to 18 months, depending on the vintage. Production hovers close to 2,500 cases of Latour a’ Pomerol per year.
Le Pin is one of the most expensive Bordeaux wines as well as one of the priciest wines in the world. Yet, it’s . unclassified and its first vintage was only a few decades ago, The first vintage of Le Pin made its debut with the 1979 vintage. With that in mind, when you look at Le Pin, it’s still truly a young Pomerol wine.
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With thanks to Jeff Leve from http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com, for the invaluable information