Last year, the great first growth Chateau Latour shook up the wine world with the announcement that the 2011 vintage would be their last to be sold in the traditional en primeur system. Instead, they have introduced a new commercial approach that is groundbreaking in ultra-conservative Bordeaux. Chateau Latour's wines will be conserved at the Chateau until they feel they have reached are ready for release and for drinking.
Additionally, when the wines are considered ready to drink, only the world's most respected merchants will have access to the Chateau's 'library stocks' direct from Bordeaux.
The first vintages of the new era of Ex Chateau stock have now been offered: Forts de Latour 2005 (around £1700 per case/12 In Bond) and Chateau Latour 1995 (£4900 per case/12 In Bond).
The new approach provides a guarantee of provenance and good storage. However, it is not yet known whether the price premium of 10-20% for Ex Chateau stock will endure further down the line when set against cases that have been stored under bond in pefect conditions.
A tour de force of breathtaking power and elegance, Chateau Latour is one of Bordeaux's most consistent greats. Its second label Les Forts de Latour is a stunning wine in its own right and regularly outperforms many Classed Growths.