The tower, beautifully gracing the main courtyard, gave its name to the Château latour Martillac. It is the only trace left of a small fortified castle built in the 12th century by Montesquieu’s forefathers.
Edouard Kressmann showed some interest for this growth as early as 1871, when he settled in Bordeaux as a wine merchant. The oldest part of the vineyard, grafted in 1884, still displays the whole range of the white grape varieties that Edouard loved. Alfred, Edouard’s eldest son, bought the estate in 1929.The present label, designed by Alfred’s son, Jean, with gold and black wide diagonal stripes, was adopted in 1934.
In 1937, Château LaTour-Martillac wine was served at the great Coronation Dinner of George VI, King of England.In 1955 jean inherited the estate which he had managed since 1940 for his father, Tristan and Loïc Kressmann, his two youngest sons, have now taken over. With the advice of some of the best consultants in Bordeaux, they take to heart to continue improving the quality of those great wines, classified in red as well as in white.
White wines are surprisingly delicate, complex and age wonderfully. Red wines, like all great Pessac-Leognan, are pure harmony, elegance and finesse.