Château Latour-Martillac: Vineyards
The vineyards surround the tower and other buildings which, as already indicated, lie close to the town of Martillac, at the end of the appropriately named Chemin la Tour. Today the vines cover 45 hectares, of which 36 hectares are planted to red varieties, having long usurped white’s predominance, which now occupies a mere 9 hectares. Overseeing the work in the vineyard is Denis Wendling.
The soils underfoot are dominated by the very typical gravel of the region, of Pyrenean origin. The red vines, which have an average age of 30 years, are 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot whereas the white are 55% Semillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle, with an average age of 40 years. The density of planting is between 7200 and 8500 vines per hectare; they are pruned in the usual Bordeaux double Guyot manner and use two rootstocks well suited to the region, 101-14 and 3309.Please log in to continue reading: