Chateau Latour-Martillac was classified a Grand Cru Classé under 1953 classification of Graves. The name of the estate derives from the tower in the main courtyard of the property. The white wines of the estate caught the attention of wine merchant Edouard Kressmann and in 1930 his eldest son Alfred purchased the chateau. He worked to develop the red wine of the estate, and today the fourth generation of the family carries on the winemaking tradition at Chateau Latour-Martillac.
Chateau Latour-Martillac is located in appellation of Pessac-Léognan. The estate benefits from the excellent gravelly hilltop near the village of Martillac. The soil is composed of gravel, clay and limestone, and careful work in the vineyard ensures that the best qualities of this land are utilised. The white varietals, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle, are harvested successively, as soon as they reach their optimum maturity. The white wines are aged on the lees and then in oak barrels. The red wines are composed of a blend of mostly Merlot, with smaller proportions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The harvest occurs by hand and the wine is aged for fifteen-eighteen months in oak barrels.