Château Latour - Les Forts de Latour

Colour: Red
Country: france
Producer: chateau latour
Grape: Bordeaux Red Blend
Region: bordeaux
Appellation: pauillac


  • 90 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”The second wine, from vineyards outside of their famous walled l’enclos, the 2012 Les Forts de Latour (75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance mostly Merlot) is a beautiful, elegant wine with a dense purple color, notes of sweet black cherries and blackcurrants, subtle background minerality and no evidence of oak. This medium to full-bodied, beautifully constructed and layered Les Forts de Latour should drink nicely for 15 or more years." Robert Parker

  • 97 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”Bizarre as it may sound, the 2010 Les Forts de Latour is also the finest I have ever tasted from this selection, which comes from specific vineyards, not really so much a second wine as just another wine from estate holdings. A blend of 72.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27.5% Merlot that represents 40% of the production, this astonishing wine hit 14.3% natural alcohol. Extremely ripe and rich, it reminds me of the 1982 on steroids (and that wine is still drinking great 30 years after the vintage). Sensational notes of graphite, crushed rocks, black fruits, camphor and damp forest notes are present in this expansive, savory, full-throttle wine, which is better than many vintages of the great Latour itself from the past. (That may be a heretical statement, but it’s the truth as I see it.) This wine needs a good 5-6 years of cellaring and should age for three decades at minimum, given the fact that the 1982 is in terrific form and wasn’t this concentrated or prodigious. “ Robert Parker

  • 95 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”Possibly the best second wine ever made at Latour (and I love how the 1982 is drinking at age 30), the 2009 Les Forts de Latour is composed of two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot blended with a tiny dollop of Petit Verdot, and finished at 13.5% alcohol. Juicy notes of creme de cassis, licorice, camphor, smoke and crushed rocks are followed by a rich, unctuously textured, thick, juicy, exceptionally pure, long wine. This beauty will be at its finest in several years and should keep for three decades.” Robert Parker

  • 91 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”Tasted at the château, the Les Forts de Latour 2008, a late cellar release from the estate, has a very delineated bouquet with blackberry, black truffle and cedar aromas the gently unfold in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a feisty entry, touches of white pepper, graphite and bell pepper on the entry that neatly complement the black fruit, which dovetails into a poised, minty finish. This is an excellent Les Forts de Latour that should age easily over the next 10-15 years.” Neal Martin

  • 92 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”The 2003 Les Forts de la Tour possesses a dense ruby/plum/purple color in addition to notions of cold steel, lead pencil shavings, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied, opulent, heady, rich, and lush, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years. What can one say about proprietor Francois Pinault and his manager, Frederic Engerer? A strong argument can be made that in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, Latour produced the wine of the vintage, although it has plenty of competition in the Northern Medoc in 2003. Moreover, the bargains are the estate’s least expensive cuvee, Pauillac, followed by Les Forts de Latour, Latour’s second wine which continues to increase in quality.”Robert Parker

  • 92 Points - The Wine Advocate

    ”The 2000 Les Forts de Latour is a seriously endowed wine with notes of black walnuts, black currants, crushed rock, tobacco and spice box. Full-bodied, luscious but still in need of another 2-3 years to hit full maturity, it certainly can evolve for another 15 or more years, and looks to be slightly richer and longer-lived than I originally predicted. My original ratings appear to have been dead on the money for both of these efforts from Chateau Latour.” Robert Parker

Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

Owned by one of France’s richest people, François Pinault, Latour is now back where it belongs – as the producer of perhaps the most complex and structured Cabernet Sauvignon wine on earth. The vineyards are planted with 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The estate’s supreme reach for quality means that only a small percentage (usually around a third) of this goes into the Grand Vin itself and on occasion the wine is 100% Cabernet, according to the vagaries of the vintage.

Although there is a beautiful château building on the property, Latour is famous for the tower which stands out on the Gironde skyline. It marks the crest of a small hill at the centre of the enclosed vineyard, L’Enclos, which is at the heart of the estate and the wine. The tower gave the property its name and was constructed in the 1620s as a pigeon roost, but is said to exactly replicate the original rather more militarily defensive tower built around 1331.

“The heart of the Enclos is the only terroir that, every year, can produce the depth, elegance and concentration that we expect of the Grand Vin. It is here that the Cabernet Sauvignon (accounting for more than 90% of the blend) can achieve optimal expression in terms of colour, richness and freshness.”Château Latour

“This is the most exuberant and long-lived wine, with layer upon layer of fruit, spices, oak and texture. Curiously approachable in youth, it lasts for decades, softening and evolving into an autumnal cornucopia of flavours.”Rod Smith MW

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