Edouard Kressmann, who owned LaTour-Martillac in the late 1800’s was a well known Bordeaux wine merchant. Kressmann got his start as a Bordeaux negociant in 1871 when he founded Ed Kressmann & Co. In 1897, they produced their first negocinat wine, Kressman dry Monoploe, which is still sold today. He worked extensively in the vineyards. In fact, the oldest part of the vineyard, this was grafted in 1884, still includes several of the original white grape varieties planted by Kressmann.
The vineyard is divided into two uniform subsectors. On the Martillac plateau, the hill dominates the property and is made up of a patchwork of gravel. These poor soils and drainage constitute an ideal terrain for the vine and in particular for the red grape varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Moving closer to the Garonne, the soils take on a different profile of clay and limestone, still with a gravel surface. It is here that the Merlot variety grows best and also our white grape varieties of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Region/Country: Bordeaux, France
Rating: 91 Points by Robert Parker
Tasting Note: The 2013 LaTour-Martillac Blanc has a grassy, lime and gooseberry-scented bouquet, the Sauvignon Blanc in charge and driving the aromatics. The palate is crisp and fresh on the entry with a pleasant saline entry, a touch of bitter lemon and a vibrant, quite sustained finish.