Château Latour

Les Forts de Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.368 ratings
9.317 pro ratings
Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

Had this in an early stage. Dark w/ lots of black licorice. Completely different wine tonight. This is what I look for by waiting on wine.

The nose shows floral, ripe, bright, slightly candied fruits of; dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, poached to baked strawberries, raspberries, powdery lead pencil, dark, rich forest floor w/ leaves, dark & mid spices, black licorice, mixed berry cola, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, soft leather, fresh tobacco, dry, crushed limestone, river stone, dark, red, blue florals framed in violets.

The mouthfeel is gorgeous. The palate shows its relationship w/ its big brother. The length & balance are excellent. Integration is finally showing like a non stubborn 2000 or one that is finally ready. Floral, ripe, bright, slightly candied fruits of; dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, poached to baked strawberries, raspberries, powdery lead pencil, dark, rich forest floor w/ leaves, dark & mid spices, black licorice, mixed berry cola for days, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, soft leather, fresh tobacco, dry, crushed limestone, moist grey clay, river stone, dark, red, blue florals soaked in violets. The acidity is full warm spring day. The well knitted & balanced finish stuns. Starts fruit forward, cola that fall onto earthy perfection.

Elegant, complex wine candy w/ a 3 1/2 hour decant.

Cheers to the King of steak - Allen Brothers & the King of Cabernet - Latour.

Had this in an early stage. Dark w/ lots of black licorice. Completely different wine tonight. This is what I look for by waiting on wine.

The nose shows floral, ripe, bright, slightly candied fruits of; dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, poached to baked strawberries, raspberries, powdery lead pencil, dark, rich forest floor w/ leaves, dark & mid spices, black licorice, mixed berry cola, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, soft leather, fresh tobacco, dry, crushed limestone, river stone, dark, red, blue florals framed in violets.

The mouthfeel is gorgeous. The palate shows its relationship w/ its big brother. The length & balance are excellent. Integration is finally showing like a non stubborn 2000 or one that is finally ready. Floral, ripe, bright, slightly candied fruits of; dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, poached to baked strawberries, raspberries, powdery lead pencil, dark, rich forest floor w/ leaves, dark & mid spices, black licorice, mixed berry cola for days, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, soft leather, fresh tobacco, dry, crushed limestone, moist grey clay, river stone, dark, red, blue florals soaked in violets. The acidity is full warm spring day. The well knitted & balanced finish stuns. Starts fruit forward, cola that fall onto earthy perfection.

Elegant, complex wine candy w/ a 3 1/2 hour decant.

Cheers to the King of steak - Allen Brothers & the King of Cabernet - Latour.

Jun 13th, 2021
Andrew Lohse

Elegant, integrated red & black fruit / baking spice, leather, bell pepper / very long finish

Elegant, integrated red & black fruit / baking spice, leather, bell pepper / very long finish

Dec 6th, 2018
Dale Sparks

Founder 220 Imports

9.4

The rescue wine after a brutally bad blind night - tasted perfect! Classic Latour qualities

The rescue wine after a brutally bad blind night - tasted perfect! Classic Latour qualities

Oct 19th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

10

The fruits are bright, ripe and elegant. The core is dark cassis followed by black cherries, bing cherries, blackberries, dark raspberries, leather that melts in your mouth, minerality like cotton candy, sweet soft silky spices, baking spices, black licorice, rich dark earth and a finish that doesn't stop. Structure, balance, length and acidity is dead on. It's heaven in a bottle! This is why I drink and love wine.

The fruits are bright, ripe and elegant. The core is dark cassis followed by black cherries, bing cherries, blackberries, dark raspberries, leather that melts in your mouth, minerality like cotton candy, sweet soft silky spices, baking spices, black licorice, rich dark earth and a finish that doesn't stop. Structure, balance, length and acidity is dead on. It's heaven in a bottle! This is why I drink and love wine.

Aug 14th, 2016
Greg Koslosky

Impressive!

Impressive!

Feb 6th, 2016
Amanda Crawford

President Spectrum Wine Auctions

9.1

Preferring 01 today but this has stuffing to last...still a bit shut down and showing light. Tasty crispy claret!

Preferring 01 today but this has stuffing to last...still a bit shut down and showing light. Tasty crispy claret!

Oct 28th, 2015
Alan Murray

Not sure about the dollars?

Not sure about the dollars?

Apr 12th, 2014
Yoon Ha

Master Sommelier/Wine Director Benu

9.2

Modern vintage showing modern style. Oak, ripe fruit with a tinge of brett.

Modern vintage showing modern style. Oak, ripe fruit with a tinge of brett.

Jul 17th, 2013
Jim McCusker

Reached back in the cellar for this one...and it was totally worth it. Classic older Bordeaux with notes of dried currants, leather, but still with plenty of fruit. The tannins have integrated beautifully, making for a seamless mouthfeel from start to finish. It’s not clear that this will improve at this point, but with a cork like that I’m sure this would have lasted for quite a few more years. Terrific!

Reached back in the cellar for this one...and it was totally worth it. Classic older Bordeaux with notes of dried currants, leather, but still with plenty of fruit. The tannins have integrated beautifully, making for a seamless mouthfeel from start to finish. It’s not clear that this will improve at this point, but with a cork like that I’m sure this would have lasted for quite a few more years. Terrific!

Sep 26th, 2020
Leslie Bartos

Lead pencil, cassis, leather. Very nice. Enjoyed with the Lanes at Bourbon Steak 2/29/20

Lead pencil, cassis, leather. Very nice. Enjoyed with the Lanes at Bourbon Steak 2/29/20

Mar 10th, 2020