2005 Forts de Latour, Les Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WS 94
  • JS 94
  • NM 93
  • WA 93
  • IWC 92
  • WE 92
  • JR 91
  • W&S 91

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WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2008
Shows blackberry coffee cedar and raisin on the nose turning to licorice and fresh flowers. Full-bodied with refined silky tannins and a long finish. Balanced and juicy. Builds on the palate with currant licorice and... Shows blackberry coffee cedar and raisin on the nose turning to licorice and fresh flowers. Full-bodied with refined silky tannins and a long finish. Balanced and juicy. Builds on the palate with currant licorice and mineral character followed by a powerful finish. An amazing second wine. Best after 2015. 13330 cases made.
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2012
Very classy with plenty of raspberry, currant, and licorice character. This is dense and compacted on the palate. Leave it for at least two or three years from now.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2015
The Les Forts de La Tour 2005 has a more complex bouquet compared to the Petit Mouton, with blackberries, wild strawberry and floral scents that just blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin... The Les Forts de La Tour 2005 has a more complex bouquet compared to the Petit Mouton, with blackberries, wild strawberry and floral scents that just blossom in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, almost symmetrical in the mouth with great precision and intensity towards the finish that gently caresses the mouth. There is a tang of soy on the aftertaste that imparts a sense of tension, an edginess, completing a bona fide classy Deuxième Vin built for the long-term.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
The 2005 Les Forts de Latour is another beautiful wine from this estate. Medium to full-bodied, with a dense ruby/purple color, loads of blackcurrant fruit, earth, and spice, the wine is extremely pure, broad, savory, and... The 2005 Les Forts de Latour is another beautiful wine from this estate. Medium to full-bodied, with a dense ruby/purple color, loads of blackcurrant fruit, earth, and spice, the wine is extremely pure, broad, savory, and quite expensive. This is a fabulous second wine, but in essence, this is really of classified growth quality. Drink it over the next 20+ years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2008
Good red-ruby. Exotic aromas of roasted plum, currant and graphite. Big, round and sweet but with the broad shoulders of the year. The silky flavors of currant, tobacco and sweet oak show extraordinary baby fat and... Good red-ruby. Exotic aromas of roasted plum, currant and graphite. Big, round and sweet but with the broad shoulders of the year. The silky flavors of currant, tobacco and sweet oak show extraordinary baby fat and volume. Wonderfully rich, expressive wine with a very long, silky, aromatic back end. "Better than the 2007 Latour today, and almost as long," says Engerer.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, June 2008
Always the equivalent of many classed growths, Les Forts de Latour is hardly a second wine, deriving from a particular parcel of the Latour vineyard. This 2005 is beautifully balanced, with lively fresh acidity, dense... Always the equivalent of many classed growths, Les Forts de Latour is hardly a second wine, deriving from a particular parcel of the Latour vineyard. This 2005 is beautifully balanced, with lively fresh acidity, dense tannins and ripe, juicy black fruits. The acidity stays right to the end.
JR 91
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, July 2009
Very dark with some ruby at the rim. Very dense and polished. On the nose, lightly perfumed. Dry but with a lot more charm and flesh than the 2006. Round and sweet. Very charming. Big and round. Neat and dry finish but... Very dark with some ruby at the rim. Very dense and polished. On the nose, lightly perfumed. Dry but with a lot more charm and flesh than the 2006. Round and sweet. Very charming. Big and round. Neat and dry finish but not at all demanding. 17.5/20
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, October 2008
It took four days after this bottle was first opened for the wine to shed the tough, reductive character in the tannin and begin to show the plump claret this will become with time. What initially feels dark, ripe and... It took four days after this bottle was first opened for the wine to shed the tough, reductive character in the tannin and begin to show the plump claret this will become with time. What initially feels dark, ripe and dry-as-a-drought turns toward juicy red and black currant fruit underlined by pleasantly bitter chocolate tannin. Les Forts is produced from the young vines at Latour's Grand Enclos (the main vineyard) from lots that do not make it into the first wine, plus selections from three other estate parcels.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2005

Winery

Forts de Latour, Les

Chateau Latour, one of Bordeaux’s oldest and most famous wine producers, is a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It’s located in Pauillac near the border with Saint-Julien.

Vines have existed on the property since the 14th century, but Chateau Latour first began producing wines of great quality in the early eighteenth century. The estate gradually came to specialize in wine production, with 38 hectares of vines in 1759 and 47 hectares in 1794.

The vineyard currently has 78 hectares in production. The grapes from the 47 hectares surrounding the chateau, known as “L’Enclos”, are used in the production of the Grand Vin. The 30 hectares outside of the Enclos are used for the Forts de Latour and the Pauillac wines. The estate is planted with about 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot on gravelly hilltops and clay subsoil.