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  • Country ranking ?

    3 803
  • Producer ranking ?

    45
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2045
  • Food Pairing

    Beef Wellington

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The Story

Les Forts de Latour is the second wine of the infamous Chateau Latour ; a world renowned French wine estate, located in Pauillac, in the Medoc region of Bordeaux, France. Latour is in the north-west of Bordeaux, sharing a border with Saint-Julien, a stone’s throw away from the banks of the Gironde estuary.

Chateau Latours primary wine was rewarded the status of “first growth” in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, due to its production of the highest quality wines throughout the years. Les Forts de Latour was labeled in 1966, and continues to maintain the strong brand image to this day.

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Vintage 2005

Bordeaux Vintage Report 2005 is a truly fantastic vintage with great quality across the board on both the Left and Right Banks.

The 2005 vintage became the most expected since 2000. The en primeur market was heated, and prices skyrocketed. The cold winter delayed the bud break before the hot ans dunny spring broke up. Even vegetative growth and flowering gave a perfect start to the vintage. The summer turned out to be one of the driest ever which was avoiding disaster since the weather remained reasonably warm not excessively hot as in 2003. The soil is again becoming a decisive quality factor. Gravelly areas, such as Graves, were worst affected once more. In other words, top wines are to be expected.

For short term perspective, in the next couple of years, an excellent amount of mature red Bordeaux wines will be available in the market. The vintages 2004, 2002, 1999, 1994, 1992 and 1988 offer a wide selection of enjoyable wines to be consumed immediately or at most to be stored for a short period.

As investments, the best vintages from the past 35 years are 2003, 1996, 1989, 1986 and 1982. The most certain long-term investments are Latour, La Mission Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion, Le Pin and Pétrus.

In the last 35 years, Bordeaux has undergone a substantial change in winemaking. Modern equipment and developing know-how have guaranteed more even quality. It seems that the next challenge will be handling the extreme climates including slowly global warming, which has already given hints of its effects also in Bordeaux. It is impossible to say how the Bordeaux wines will change in the next 35 years. We can only hope that their most characteristic feature, elegant aristocratic nature highlighted by unique terroir, will never fade away.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Cherry Red and Healthy

ending

Medium, Round and Pure

flavors

Cranberry, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Raspberry, Pepper and Vanilla

nose

Youthful, Fresh, Seductive and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Medium tannin, Balanced, Good texture, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Fragrant, Vigor, Elegant and Dry

Verdict

Sophisticated and Full-bodied

Written Notes

Open-knit yet deep and powerful, the 2005 Les Forts de Latour is striking today. The pedigree of the vintage comes through in spades. Expressive, perfumed aromatics meld into a core of supple, open-knit fruit in a mid-weight, impeccably balanced Forts de Latour. Hints of red fruit, iron, smoke and tobacco add lovely shades of nuance. Latour's President Frédéric Engerer adds that that 2005 was the easiest and most balanced growing season (including 2009 and 2010) he has seen because his team had the total flexibility of choosing when to harvest.

  • 94p

Deep ruby. Scented, cassis, some vanilla, coffee touch, some plums, nuanced and layered. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, refreshing and intense, structured, long length. 92

  • 92p

This winedisplayed fine intensity of sweet black cherries, fine acidity, fine balance and splendid complexity. Harmonious with fine finish.

  • 92p
Dark colour, great lustre, nose big and tight, spicy new wood, quite open, dark fruits, minerally and coffee/chocolate, dark shoe leather polish, clean crisp and well balanced palate, young; although approachable now, fine elegant and long. Very good.
  • 92p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is cherry red and medium. On the nose it is wide, complex and rich. The taste is full, fat, fragrant, silky, ripe, with balanced and good texture structure. On the palate it is layered and has apricot, blackcurrant, blueberry, cranberry, cigar-box, chocolate, cherry, leather, mineral, meaty, smoky, raspberry, violet, pepper, new-oak, earthy, cedar, vanilla, tobacco and toasty flavours. The finish is long. This wine is sophisticated and impressive. I do recommend.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
  • 93p
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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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