Chateau La Tour de By has a long history in the Medoc than can be traced back to the 1700’s as a vineyard. However, the creation of the estate dates back much further than that, as it was founded all the way back in 1599, making it one of the oldest properties in the Medoc. At the time, it was known as La Roque de By. The de By in the name comes from the location of their vines, which are planted in the de By sector of the appellation. The first part of the name, refers to the large tower that graces the property, which can be seen on the labels. The Chateau was constructed later, in about 1876. The modern era for Chateau La Tour de By begins in 1965, when the Pages family, along with two other families the Lapalue and Cailloux families purchased the left bank property. In 1999, the Pages family, headed by Marc Pages purchased the remaining two thirds of Chateau La Tour de By and became the sole owner.
The large 74 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Tour de By is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The terroir is typical of that part of the regional with its gravel based soils. The vines are around 40 years of age.
The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 5,500 vines per hectare to 10,000 vines per hectare, depending on the parcel. There is one unique feature to the vineyards of La Tour de By, they occupy the highest elevation from the north of Pauillac to above the St.Estephe appellation.
Whilst the average age of vines here is 40 years there are vines of more than 100 years old!
Here are a list of their wines: