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.
Took about 3+ hours of breathing in the open bottle; dark berries and cherries, violets, mints, wet grasses, and a hint of animal furs in the quite elegant and perfumed nose; dark berries, licorice, and mild wood spices in the complex and juicy palate; creamy and long finish, dark berries, chocolate, more spices, and noticeable tannins; overall, 92-93 points at this stage; still needed a few more years of aging.
Bordeaux 2009 vs. 2010 - Check in on 50 well known Chateaux; 4/2/2013-10/26/2016: Very dark purple. Nose of dark fruit with a distinctive earthy, foresty and animalic touch, quite different to the Leo Poyferre tasted along side who is stressing the fruit much more. On the palate dense and balanced. What can I say, complex, brooding, animalic Latour style – beginner palates no need to apply. While the price of this wine has unfortunately gone up by a lot (2009 no less than tripled vs. 2000 release price) to be fair, I must say that the quality has gone up too. This is now performing in the league of grand cru Pauillacs / St.Julien. I preferred the 2010 for its noticeably bigger mid palate which set it apart from all Les Forts I ever had. (Group Score 94.1/RP95)
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(Les Forts de Latour Pauillac) The second wine of Latour. Cabernet Sauvignon 65.1%, Merlot 32.3%, Cabernet Franc 0.6%, Petit Verdot 1.9%. Alcohol 13.5%, IPT 80, 45.9% of the harvest. A darker hue, a concentrated cherry red. A sweet and lightly creamed character to the fruit on the nose, with a suggestion of deeper substance too, a savoury meatiness behind the sweet fruit. Beautifully creamed fruit as the nose suggested on the palate, broad and impressive, with bold tannins and finely judged texture. Good lifting acidity too. Wonderful composition, very fine breadth and persistence. Beautiful tingling acidity from the start. Svelte and very serious tannins. A very good second wine, showing a very seductive style.
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