- Château Latour
- Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
- 2011 - 2022
- Case size
Goedhuis, May 2005,
This is, quite simply, one of the greatest Les Forts de Latour that we have ever tasted. It is a combination of wine made from a separate vineyard and a few barrels that did not quite make the cut for the grand vin. Dense with a wonderfully expressive nose and bursting with minerals, this is better than many classed growths. Jancis Robinson describes it as having " lots of vibration", but we don't know what that means. Hopefully good news. Drink 2011-2022
Robert Parker, June 2007,
The estate's second wine continues to go from strength to strength. The 2004 Forts de Latour(includes 75% Cabernet Sauvignon) reveals a deep ruby/purple hue, classic evolved cedary, lead pencil, and cassis characteristics, medium body, beautiful sweetness of fruit, and a more forward, evolved character than its big sibling. Enjoy it over the next 15+ years. Also tasted: 2004 Pauillac. Drink 2007-2022
Robert Parker, June 2006,
Latour's second wine, the 2004 Les Forts de Latour, is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26%Merlot that represents 41% of the production. Medium to full-bodied with good density, it is the finest second wine I tasted. It exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, plenty of black currant and cherry fruit, and fine length. It should drink well for 15+ years. Drink 2005-2020 A brilliant effort, the deep ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Les Forts de la Tour exhibits aromas of lead pencil shavings, cedar, sweet black cherries, and currants. It possesses elegance, freshness, and beautiful texture as well as length. Drink 2008-2025
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.
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.