2003 - Les Forts de Latour Pauillac
06A3FORL _ 2003 - Les Forts de Latour Pauillac - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Latour
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2009 - 2022
Case size
12x75cl
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2003 LES FORTS DE LATOUR PAUILLAC - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Latour
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2009 - 2022
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £2,420.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDHA

    Goedhuis, April 2004

    This wine is completely delicious. Brilliantly precise and racy with seductive dark plum and cherry fruit it was a great clue to the glories of Latour itself. It represents 36% of the Chateau's total crop and is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 92

    The 2003 Les Forts de la Tour possesses a dense ruby/plum/purple color in addition to notions of cold steel, lead pencil shavings, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied, opulent, heady, rich, and lush, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years. What can one say about proprietor Francois Pinault and his manager, Frederic Engerer? A strong argument can be made that in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, Latour produced the wine of the vintage, although it has plenty of competition in the Northern Medoc in 2003. Moreover, the bargains are the estate's least expensive cuvee, Pauillac,followed by Les Forts de Latour, Latour's second wine which continues to increase in quality. Drink: Now-2021

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2005,
    Score: 91-93

    A wine of great texture and intensity, extremely fleshy and opulent, this is a real sexpot, and ideal for drinking early on, although it is certainly going to last for 15 or so years. Just a cut below its big brother, the 2003 Les Forts de Latour is wonderfully sweet, succulent, and fleshy with copious fruit, glycerin, and alcohol. Drink: Now-2020

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2004,
    Score: 92-94

    Very minerally, with blackberry and currants on the nose. Full-bodied, with very soft tannins. Long finish. Lovely wine. This wine is always more open and delicious in a young top vintage than Latour. But there's good structure, too. -- J.S.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2004

    Very deep ruby, very fine, fresh, fragrant nose with most elegant tannins and very supple and smooth despite the evident power and grip. A very fine wine, classic. Drink: Now-2025.

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Producer

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. Château Latour's vines are planted on the gravel soil of Paulliac, most of them stand 12 to 16 metres above the Gironde Estuary. It can be considered the King of the First Growths, having the extraordinary power, structure and presence.

Region

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.