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Les Forts de Latour

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2018 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 94

With depth of color, this wine is loaded with layers of sweet, ripe, lush, intense, pure black currants and just a hint of citrus and cocoa. You'll also find tobacco and fresh, red pit fruits. The wine offers intensity, length and purity with a dark chocolate tone that pairs perfectly with the wave of rich fruits. If a reclassification ever took place, this would be clearly be included. The wine was produced from blending 65.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and .04% Petit Verdot. 93-95 Pts

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2017 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 93

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 has a lot of lift but the tannins are soft enough, that you should be able to enjoy this in a few years, and it's going to age well too. The wine was produced from blending 65.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot and .08% Cabernet Franc.

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2016 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 94

Regal, fresh, lively and with sweet, red fruits, hints of citrus, tobacco, earth and flowers, this is soft, vibrant and already showing its potential. This is classic in style, in all the right ways with juicy, crisp fruit, the structure to age and a tanninc backbone. Give this five to eight more years before popping a cork.

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Regal, fresh, lively and with sweet, red fruits, hints of citrus, tobacco, earth and flowers, this is soft, vibrant and already showing its potential. This is classic in style, in all the right ways with juicy, crisp fruit, the structure to age and a tanninc backbone. Give this five to eight more years before popping a cork.

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Flowery with tobacco, blackberry and spice with an interesting hint of citrus, this is smooth and reserved with a juicy blast of cassis and plum in the finish. Classic but with softness and refinement instead of severity, give this perhaps five to eight more years before popping a cork.

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2015 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 94

Cigar box, lead pencil, and wet forest floor follow the sweet, dark fruits in the perfume. Your palate enjoys sweet, round, polished, red fruits. The tannin are soft, and so is the texture in the finish.

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With a blast of cassis, flowers, plum and blackberries, this wine has a graceful charisma with plump, sweet fruits that feel soft on the palate. 91 - 93 Pts

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2014 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 92

With silky freshness and soft tannins, this wine delivers a mouthful of ripe black currant and is true blue to the distinct nature of Pauillac. The wine was made from a blend of 71.4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28.6% Merlot that reached 13.01% alcohol. 90-93 Pts

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2013 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 89

The tight nose took effort to reveal red berry, leaf and earth. Medium bodied, soft and easy to drink, the wine is made from a blend of 62.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.1% Merlot and 2.2% Petit Verdot. 45.2% of the harvest was used to produce Forts de Latour, which reached 13.2% alcohol. 88-90 Pts

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2012 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 90

Soft, polished and with a fresh mouth of cassis, the wine is forward and already fun to drink with its spicy, dark cherry and finish center.

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Aromas of cedar chest and cassis led to a polished wine with soft textures and refined tannins which produced an elegant style of Forts de Latour. Reaching 12.8% alcohol, the wine ended with fresh, polished black raspberry fruits. 90-92 Pts

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2011 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 92

Tobacco, earthy cassis, smoke and an open personality, the wine is polished, soft, sweet and has ripe, sweet, fruits, with refinement in the finish. This is quite enjoyable to drink today.

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With a blast of black cherry, a hint of oak, fennel and wet earth on the nose, the wine moves to the palate with its soft, open, forward style, offering bright, sweet cherries in the slightly dusty finish.

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Blending 61.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and a tiny portion of Cabernet Franc, the wine represents 43% of the production. Deep ruby in color with scents of truffle, cassis, earth and blackberry, this is fresh, bright and vigorous in the mouth. The wine ends with clean cassis and spice. 90-92 Pts

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2010 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 94

Coffee, oak, earth, blackberry and licorice, the wine is dense, concentrated and lush. There has a strong Pauillac character, with stunning intensity and purity of fruit. With the exception of 1982 and 1990 Latour, this is better than any vintage of Latour between 1967 and 1994. Wow!

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Deep ruby in color, the wine opens with an earthy spicy, mineral driven nose. With round tannins, supple textures and a long creamy crème de cassis filled finish, this is very much in a Pauillac style of Bordeaux wine. 91-93 Pts

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Les Forts de Latour is produced from 72.5 Cabernet Sauvignon, 25.5 Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. This deeply colored, earth, oak, cassis and tobacco scented wine offers concentration, freshness, blackberry and chocolate flavors in the finish. This wine shares a family resemblance with its big brother, Chateau Latour. 90-93 Pts

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2009 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 94

Smoke, tobacco, cigar box, earth and red fruit notes create the nose. It is easy to discern the level of fruit and maturity in the nose. On the palate, the wine offers freshness, ripe, dark red fruits, tobacco leaf, spice and chewy, ripe, soft tannins. There is the structure for further aging, yet you can pop a cork today, should you wish.

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This just keeps getting better with bottle age, like all great wines. Full bodied, with rich textures, firm tannins and layers of salty rocks, cassis and blackberries. You can drink this now with an hour of age, or wait a bit. It is difficult to believe this is the second wine, as it's better than many Classified Growths.

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Full bodied, round, plush and polished, with a real freshness to the fruit along with richness and concentration to all the wine to expand and longer. The aromatics are equal to the mouth feel. Still young, this will add more complexity in the years to come. I've tasted this wine a few times since it was first shown in barrel and this is the best showing yet for this vintage. It's amazing to consider, but this is a better wine than Latour produced in many vintages during the 80's and 70's.

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Blackberry, smoke, wet earth and wood scents open to a sweet, ripe, lush, round Pauillac filled with juicy, crisp cassis and blackberry. From a blend of 65.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32.3% Merlot, 1.9% Petit Verdot and a tiny bit of Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. This wine is better than many vintages of Chateau Latour produced in 80’s and early 90’s.

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2008 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 92

Earthy, with wet forest floor, tobacco, spice and red fruits at its center, the wine is full bodied, showing soft tannins and spicy, red fruits and cigar wrapper in the finish. This is drinking great today.

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08 Forts Latour sported a darker hue than did its bigger sibling. Spicy cassis on the nose with a medium body, finishes with flavors of cherry, cranberry, and cassis. 89-91 Pts

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2006 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 92

Spicy, tobacco, smoke and fresh fruits in character, with only a bit of tannin remaining to resolve. The wine is fresh, with a vibrant quality to its personality in the finish.

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2005 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 92

Produced from blending 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol and represents 45% of the production. Ruby in color, with cedar wood, earth, forest and blackberry, the soft, fresh, cassis filled wine is medium bodied and ready for prime time drinking.

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2003 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 91

Soft, sweet, lush and fully developed, this blackberry, earth and plummy wine is round, open and accessible, with lots of spicy, earthy dark red cherries in its core. However, this is not a wine for aging, it’s already delivering most of its charm today.

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Already on a fast track for evolution. The color is lighter than I remembered. The perfume offers an interesting blend of slow roasted fruit topped with all spice. Nice entry filled with ripe Cabernet and finishes with silky sensations

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2000 Les Forts de Latour  (Pauillac) 88

With its, black fruit, cassis and leafy aromas was ready to drink as the tannins seemed resolved.

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