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Cru Classé de Graves
the Jean Kressmann family
Designated a Graves classed growth in 1953, Château Latour- Martillac owes its name to the tower in the courtyard, the vestige of a fortress built in the 12th century by the ancestors of the famous winegrower and philosopher, Montesquieu.

Located on an outstanding rise of Pyrenean gravel, this estate caught the eye of Édouard Kressmann, a Bordeaux négociant, as early as 1871. He was particularly impressed with the quality of the white wines.

His elder son, Alfred, finally bought the estate in 1930. He expanded the red wine vineyard and designed with his son, Jean, the label with gold and sandcoloured diagonal stripes that is still used today. In 1937, the wines of Château Latour Martillac were honoured at a solemn Coronation Dinner for George VI of England.

Today, Jean Kressmann’s sons, Tristan and Loïc, assisted by the best consulting oenologists in Bordeaux, perpetuate the family tradition and always give priority to quality rather than quantity.

Thanks to their elegant structure and balance, the red and white wines of Latour-Martillac (both of which are classed) are widely recognized as among the most reliable in Pessac-Léognan. Like all the great wines from this appellation, the red wines of Latour Martillac are balanced and elegant. The white wines are surprisingly delicate, complex, and astonishingly long-lived.

Owner & Managing Director
Château Latour-Martillac
( Pessac-Léognan )
Owner & Technical Director
Château Latour-Martillac
( Pessac-Léognan )
Château Latour-Martillac
8, chemin de la Tour
+33 (0)5 57 97 71 11
The Château in figures
Area under wine

50 hectares


Red wine: 150,000 bottles

White wine: 36,000 bottles


Pyrenean gravel

Grape varieties

Red wine:

55 % Cabernet Sauvignon

40 % Merlot

5 % Petit Verdot


White wine:

60 % Sauvignon

40 % Sémillon


Barrel ageing

Red wine: 14-18 months

White wine: 15 months

Second wine