Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac
Château Latour

Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac, 2006


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2006
12x75cl
DP
£2,090.46


Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac, 2006

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Tasting Notes


Maturity:
Keep/Drink

ABV:
13 %

Notes

On the nose this wine is more on elegance and finesse than usual, perfumed and minerally, with a smoky element beyond. Well balanced and poised with dark grainy fruits, hints of oak and cedar. However on the palate the higher proportion of Merlot kicks in, giving the wine big, rich, sweet fruit flavours: loaded with pure cassis, plum and blackberry, and sumptuous vanilla pod; effortless development on the palate, considerable weight, complex spice and new oak, very polished and almost shiny tannins; pure, balanced and smooth, hint of new oak on the finish but this is well managed and the whole is very rounded. Very good. Due to recent vineyard purchases there will be 12,500 cases available in this vintage, slightly up on previous years.

Critics score


Score:
91

100

Source:
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

Date:
05/2009

Notes
Deep ruby-red. Black fruits, licorice, minerals, tobacco and iron on the complex nose. The wine's sweetness almost comes as a shock, but the creamy blueberry and blackberry fruit flavors are given lift and clarity by firm acidity and solid underlying minerality. Finishes with sweet tannins and subtle persistence. An unusually accessible young Forts de Latour, and riper than it appeared to be in the early going: as I recall, its supple character is partly attributable to the fact that it includes a good bit of declassified Latour merlot but less Latour press wine than usual.

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France

region:
Bordeaux

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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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