2010 Forts de Latour, Les Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L

  • WS 96
  • WA 95
  • JS 95
  • JL 93

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WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2011
This comes off as almost sweet thanks to gentle ripeness and friendly plum sauce raspberry and cherry compote notes all backed by an energy that's in reserve. There's latent acidity rippling through the finish where briar... This comes off as almost sweet thanks to gentle ripeness and friendly plum sauce raspberry and cherry compote notes all backed by an energy that's in reserve. There's latent acidity rippling through the finish where briar pastis and graphite lurk as well. Really pure. A noticeable step up from the Pauillac. Tasted non-blind. -J.M.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010 Forts de Latour: Possibly the most profound Forts de Latour ever produced the 2010 like its bigger brother Latour was harvested between the third week of September and October 11. Representing 40% of the production... 2010 Forts de Latour: Possibly the most profound Forts de Latour ever produced the 2010 like its bigger brother Latour was harvested between the third week of September and October 11. Representing 40% of the production and tipping the scales at 14.3% alcohol it is a blend of 72.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot. Super-concentrated as well as unctuously textured and opulent this pure deep Forts de Latour should drink well for 25-30 years. It is as great as the prodigious 1982 which is still drinking well at age 29.
JS 95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2011
This is hyper fine with beautiful tannins that are incredibly integrated. Full and super intense. Licorice and currants and violets. Splendid. 72.5% Cabernet Sauvignon 25.5% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.
JL 93
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
Les Forts de Latour is produced from 72.5 Cabernet Sauvignon 25.5 Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. This deeply colored earth oak cassis and tobacco scented wine offers concentration freshness blackberry and chocolate flavors... Les Forts de Latour is produced from 72.5 Cabernet Sauvignon 25.5 Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. This deeply colored earth oak cassis and tobacco scented wine offers concentration freshness blackberry and chocolate flavors in the finish. This wine shares a family resemblance with its big brother Chateau Latour.
JJB 96
John Sweeney - JJ Buckley, April 2011
72.5% cabernet sauvignon 25.5% merlot 2% petit verdot. This wine represents 40% of the harvest in 2010 which began on September 20th with the merlot and finished on October 11th with the cabernet sauvignon. Alcohol is... 72.5% cabernet sauvignon 25.5% merlot 2% petit verdot. This wine represents 40% of the harvest in 2010 which began on September 20th with the merlot and finished on October 11th with the cabernet sauvignon. Alcohol is 14.3%. A nose of bright red fruits leads into flavors of grilled steak chocolate raspberry and an intense mineral streak. The finish is long with tremendous texture and weight on the palate. Tannins are beautifully integrated. Though this is Latour's second wine most wineries would be thrilled if this was their first wine! A real stunner and their best ever. Drink 2020-2030.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2010

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.