Bordeaux first-growth wine estate Chateau Latour, owned by French billionaire Francois Pinault, will put its 2012 vintage on sale for the first time this month after withdrawing from the futures market following the 2011 vintage.
The estate made around 10,000 12-bottle cases of the 2012 vintage and plans to release about two-thirds of that quantity, in line with its traditional sales strategy.
The estate also plans to sell its 2014 vintage of second wine Les Forts de Latour and the 2015 vintage of its Pauillac label wine, according to Latour President Frederic Engerer.
“After eight yesrs of frustration from our negociants, we are finally coming back with a full range,” Engerer said at a London tasting of the wines late February. “This is the ideal vintage to start. It’s an important moment at Latour.”
Latour’s main wine and Les Forts will both be sold entirely through the Bordeaux merchant system, known as La Place de Bordeaux, he said. It follows a seven-year period since 2013 when Latour stopped making its most recent vintages available for purchase by the wine trade, taking the view that it was better to sell the wines when they were more mature.
“The release of the 2012 will be the biggest release of wine from Latour since stepping back from en primeur,” Engerer said.