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1975 Les Forts de Latour Pauillac

1975 Les Forts de Latour Pauillac

Producer: Château Latour

Region: Bordeaux > Pauillac

Vintage: 1975

Type: Red

Grape varieties: Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab. Franc, Petit Verdot

Drinking dates: 1991 - 2000

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Case size: 12x75cl Equiv. price per bottle incl. VAT £112.40

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, 1998, Score: 85
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True to the vintage and to Latour, this wine is tannic, lean, aggressive, and still in need of bottle age. The color remains impressive, the richness and depth appear to be present, but the tannins refuse to yield. Anticipated maturity: Now-2000. Last tasted, 10/89. Drink 1989-2000

Pauillac

Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.

Château Latour

It is a common misconception that Château Latour was named after its cream-coloured tower - a 17th century edifice that served as a dovecote. The original tower that gave its name to this exemplary property was built in the 15th century as a watchtower to fend off invading pirates during the Hundred Years War. Unfortunately, it has long been eroded away. It can be considered the King of the First Growths, having the extraordinary power, structure and presence.

Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot

Probably the best grape blend in the world? Certainly that favoured by many of the most illustrious names on the left bank in Bordeaux - Chateaux Lafite, Latour, Margaux and Mouton-Rothschild to name a few - and other cult classic from around the world such as Ornellaia, Harlan and Dominus. A spread of grape varieties provides numerous benefits - from a practical perspective a range of ripening dates provides insurance against all but the most prolonged bad weather conditions, while their complimentary characteristics combine to create a whole that is very much greater than the sum of the parts.

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