Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac
Château Latour

Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac, 2003


Destination

vintage


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2003

12x75cl

DP

£2,378.46



Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac, 2003

2003

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac, 2003

Our team’s tastes were split between Les Carruades and Les Forts – each is clearly as good as the other, but they have very different characters. Les Forts in 2003 is a rich and focussed wine, with generous fruit on the palate, albeit a touch reticent on the nose, and a classy, structured finish. The weight and length of this wine will enable it to drink well for a good while.

Maturity:
Keep/Drink
ABV:
13%
91/100
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Deep ruby-red. Wonderfully vinous and sappy for the vintage, with aromas of redcurrant, mineral and spice. Sweet, rich, lush and exotic but with good spice character giving lift to the flavors. A very fine-grained wine that will give relatively early pleasure, but it can't match the 2004 or 2005 for backbone. Finishes dry and classic, with plenty of richness.
Date Reviewed:
05/2006

specifications

country:
France

region:
Bordeaux

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Allergen Information:
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Château Latour

Château Latour

This great and historic estate is rightly regarded as one of the preeminent properties in Bordeaux and one of the greatest wines of the world. Along with Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild, Latour completes the three First Growths of Pauillac. It has become synonymous with wines of gravitas, scale and tremendous aging potential.

The last change of ownership occurred in 1993, when the billionaire, François Pinault returned this bastion of Bordeaux to French hands. He appointed the meticulous Frédéric Engerer as technical Director, and Latour has enjoyed a period of unparalleled success ever since. It’s a marriage of meticulous, perfectionist viticulture and wine-making and extraordinary terroir.

The grand vin hails from the 47 Hectare “Grand Enclos”, the vineyards which surrounds the winery and abuts the Clos of Leoville Las Cases in St Julien to the south. The topsoil is made up of Gunzian gravel, brought to the area from the Pyrenees and the Massif Central during the Pleistocene with a subsoil of marl and clay above a deeper ridge of limestone. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant varietal (80%), with Merlot (18%) and Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot accounting for just 2% of plantings. The excellent second wine, Les Forts de Latour is arguably equal to notable Second Growths, however, demand from Asia ensures a luxury price tag... There is also a third wine, simply called “Pauillac”.

Sadly, the Chateau’s board decided to remove Latour from the en primeur market. 2011 was the last vintage released as a future. The strategy to offer mature wines from their cellars is well established now, with a major release each March and a smaller proposal in September.

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