2016 Les Forts de Latour 2022 Ex-Chateau Release

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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JS 96 WE 96 DC 95 JD 95 WA 95 VN 95 JA 94 JL 94 WS 94
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, March 2022

Lots of blueberries, ripe blackberries, violets, peppercorns, olives and cloves on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, fleshy tannins. Beautiful blue fruit and flowers. Layered and long. Drink after 2023.
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, January 1970

(94–96 points) Barrel Sample. This is a great wine, with superb tannins and rich fruit flavors that are in balance. Made from 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, the palate is dominated by black-currant flavor and a pleasant...
DC 95

Decanter, November 2021

Violet scented dark black cherries and figs on the nose, quite powerful. Tannins are generous but they're juicy and plump, soft almost chalky, they have a really great impact, filling the mouth together with the fruit...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, August 2022

The second wine of this great château, the 2016 Les Forts De Latour continues to impress. I commented on release that it was the best wine in the vintage, and my opinion hasn't changed. This beauty offers plenty of...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2022

The 2016 Les Forts de Latour is superb, unwinding in the glass with notions of blackcurrants, wild berries, sweet loamy soil, cigar wrapper and English walnuts. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it’s concentrated...
VN 95

Vinous, March 2022

The 2016 Les Forts de Latour has a gorgeous bouquet, extremely pure and floral, veins of blue fruit, cassis permeating the blackberry fruit. The palate is beautifully balanced, again, very saline and a little spicier than...
JA 94

janeanson.com, March 2022

This is the kind of vintage where you just know Forts de Latour is going to hit it out of the park, and I would be happy to recommend choosing this 2nd wine over many main estate wines in less impressive vintages. It's...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, June 2019

Regal, fresh, lively and with sweet, red fruits, hints of citrus, tobacco, earth and flowers, this is soft, vibrant and already showing its potential. This is classic in style, in all the right ways with juicy, crisp...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, January 2019

A bit fleshier and more caressing than a typical Pauillac, this has flavors of warm fig, currant and blackberry preserves inlaid with charcoal and smoldering tobacco notes. There's grip for sure and a twinge of warm cast...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2016
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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.

Introducing the 2016 Les Forts de Latour 2022 Ex-Chateau Release, a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the prestigious Pauillac sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This remarkable red wine embodies the essence of elegance, complexity, and balance, making it a true gem in the world of fine wines.

In the glass, the Les Forts de Latour 2016 showcases a deep, rich red color that captivates the eye. Its inviting aromas immediately envelop the senses, with notes of violet-scented dark black cherries and figs taking center stage. The bouquet is undeniably powerful, exuding a sense of confidence and allure.

On the palate, this wine truly shines. Generous, juicy, and plump tannins provide a velvety texture that fills the mouth, perfectly complementing the luscious fruit flavors. The seamless integration of these elements creates a harmonious symphony of taste, demonstrating the impeccable craftsmanship behind this blend. The flavors linger on the palate, with a long and satisfying finish that leaves a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critics have been quick to sing the praises of the 2016 Les Forts de Latour. Decanter awarded it an impressive 95 points, describing it as "charming" with "great impact and presence." James Suckling was equally enthralled, awarding it 96 points and praising the "beautiful blue fruit and flowers." Jeb Dunnuck declared it the best wine of the vintage and bestowed a score of 95 points, noting its classic Latour character and perfect balance.

This wine is the second wine of the esteemed Château Latour, and it lives up to its pedigree. Crafted with meticulous care and attention to detail, the 2016 Les Forts de Latour is a testament to the excellence that can be achieved in Bordeaux. It is a wine that demands appreciation, and it will undoubtedly continue to evolve and delight for decades to come.

With its exceptional quality and impeccable reputation, the 2016 Les Forts de Latour 2022 Ex-Chateau Release is a must-have for serious wine collectors and enthusiasts. Indulge in this extraordinary Bordeaux Blend and experience the epitome of fine wine craftsmanship.