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  • Country ranking ?

    837
  • Producer ranking ?

    38
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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 2009

Right up there with 1947, 1961, and 2005, 2009 is a year of almost exaggeratedly (for Bordeaux) flamboyant, opulent wines with elevated ripeness and low acidity. The tannins are unusually ripe, while the wines are quite voluptuous in style. The Left Bank recorded more sunlight hours than legendary vintages such as 1947 and 1982, and grapes had higher sugar concentrations than 2003 and 2005. The key was significant diurnal temperature swings that allowed grapes to handle the hot daytime temperatures. An exceptional vintage across the board.

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Deep and dark with a ton of smoke and earth, the cassis fruit very much in the background, this is a concentrated and complex wine. Powerful yet racy palate with an elegant mineral finish. Drink or hold.

  • 96p

Les Forts de Latour is a classic Pauillac with intense blackcurrant/ cedar/ lead pencil aromas, plenty of juicy mulberry/ cassis fruit, fine granular tannins and sustained flavours. This could easily be a second Growth wine this year.

  • 95p

Tasted three times - last time in April 2016. Consistent notes. It was immensely seductive with plenty of dark cherries and blackcurrants swimming in high quality chocolate. Stunning balance and long caressing aftertaste completed this beauty of a wine. What a treat!

  • 93p
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Pauillac, Bordeaux

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