2017 Les Forts de Latour Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 95 DC 94 VN 94 WE 94 JA 93 JD 93 JL 93 WA 93 WS 93
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, April 2023

Juicy and spicy with fresh tobacco, redcurrants and crushed stone character. Medium to full body. Medium velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Will age beautifully as well. Better after 2026.
DC 94

Decanter, January 2023

Smells lovely, really aromatic and shining out of the glass, forward and expressive with clarity and precision on the nose full of red fruit and floral scents. Sleek and crisp, this has energy and lifeforce, I love the...
VN 94

Vinous, March 2020

Powerful and dark in the glass, the 2017 Les Forts de Latour is super-impressive. Black cherry, plum, spice, chocolate and leather are just some of the many aromas and flavors that flesh out as this ample, heady Pauillac...
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, March 2020

This bold, structured wine is packed with blackberry fruits and ripe tannins. Freshness and structure from the Cabernet Sauvignon are very present, giving a crisp edge to the solid backbone. This is a wine for aging...
JA 93

janeanson.com, February 2023

A floral curl on the first nose, this is an attractive and sappy Forts de Latour, with a fine, elegant, almost chalky aspect to the tannins. Thoroughly charming raspberry and blackberry fruit, fresh earth, cocoa power and...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, May 2023

Showing consistently, the 2017 Les Forts De Latour has a classic cedar pencil, tobacco, and mineral-driven core that certainly has some textbook Château Latour style. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, elegant...
JL 93

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2018

Forest floor, cedar, tobacco leaf and fresh, dark red berries open the wine. Ripe, sweet tannins, juicy, fresh cassis and plenty of fruit and cigar wrapper in the zesty finish to satisfy a discerning consumer. This wine...
WA 93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

Aromas of minty berries, cassis and plums mingle with hints of pencil shavings to introduce the 2017 Les Forts de Latour, a medium to full-bodied, suave and elegant wine with attractive depth and purity of fruit, supple...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, March 2020

Bright and fresh, featuring floral, cassis and plum aromas and flavors allied to a sleek, iron-tinged frame. Racy tension through the finish lets the fruit play out while the minerality blossoms. Cabernet Sauvignon...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
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.

The 2017 Les Forts de Latour is a Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed Pauillac region in Bordeaux, France. With its deep red color and elegant appearance, this wine exudes sophistication from the very first glance. The nose is greeted with a fragrant floral curl, followed by enticing aromas of raspberry, blackberry, and fresh earth. Subtle notes of cocoa powder and slate add complexity to the bouquet.

On the palate, this wine truly shines. It showcases a fine, elegant, and almost chalky aspect to its tannins, creating a silky and smooth texture. The raspberry and blackberry fruit flavors dance on the tongue, accompanied by a refreshing hint of cocoa power and slate. The finish is mouthwatering, leaving you yearning for another sip.

Despite its youth, the 2017 Les Forts de Latour displays remarkable evolution and clear architectural structure. It reveals the careful craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into its production. The September rains of 2017 posed a challenge for Latour, but they successfully navigated the difficult conditions, producing a wine of exceptional quality.

Renowned wine critic James Suckling awarded this wine an impressive score of 95 points. He described it as juicy and spicy, with notes of fresh tobacco, red currants, and crushed stone. Medium to full-bodied, it showcases medium velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Suckling suggests that this wine will age beautifully and recommends enjoying it after 2026.

Other critics, such as Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast, also highly praise the 2017 Les Forts de Latour. They commend its structure, depth, and purity of fruit, as well as its supple tannins and precise profile. Wine Spectator notes the wine's bright and fresh characteristics, with floral, cassis, and plum aromas and flavors. They suggest that it will be best enjoyed from 2022 through 2038.

Overall, the 2017 Les Forts de Latour is a wine that embodies elegance, refinement, and sophistication. Its superb craftsmanship and complex flavor profile make it a true delight for wine enthusiasts. Whether enjoyed now or aged for further development, this wine is sure to impress even the most discerning palates.