The vineyards of Château Latour à Pomerol are split in two, separate plots. The most prestigious, Les Grand Vignes, is located close to the church of Pomerol and features a gravelly soil. It also has the oldest vines. The other is on the western side of the plateau and is characterised by sandy, lighter soils.
Although covering a small surface, the vineyards represent different terroirs that have led to some degree of inconsistency in the past. However, that can equally be a source for opportunities.
To avoid the tampering of grapes, harvest is carried out by hand. Alongside this very traditional approach, the estate has gone through a series of renovations, which were first instigated in 2003. These are widely credited for the steady improvement of the wine over the last decade.
It was in 2003, in fact, that a new drainage system was introduced, allowing excess to be ferried out by wells and pumps during wet vintages. This improvement is even more significant in the Pomerol area, as it has no slopes and water cannot drain naturally.
From 2004, vinification has been performed with the usage of stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation happens mostly in tanks, with a small portion of the wine going through process in wooden barrels.
Finally, in 2009 the sorting table was replaced by a new one using laser technology, an approach particularly popular in Bordeaux that is considered more efficient and less disruptive for the grapes. It is then that the grapes are then moved to thermoregulated concrete vats.
Ageing usually takes 18 months in barrels, with exposure to new French oak varying from 30% to 50%, depending on the quality of the vintages. Wines are bottled unfiltered, preserving character, flavour and aromas.