Red

2001 Les Forts de Latour

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 30

  • MaxSiegel Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 14, 2018 - Once again, Les Forts de Latour proves to be my favorite of the Bordeaux second wines. The sense of class here is unmistakable. Such dark color and luxurious mouthfeel. Intensely concentrated currant fruit, along with unmistakably Latour notes of graphite, tobacco leaf, and gravelly minerality, along with some mint. Very ripe palate is well balanced by the acidity. Needed four hours to reach its full potential. Plenty of life ahead, which confirms my impression that Les Forts is a second wine very worthy of aging.

  • Tao wrote: 92 points

    March 10, 2018 - Deep red in colour with a touch of a brown rim, fantastic nose of dark fruits, blackcurrant mainly, with beautiful French oak almagate together! Quite smooth on the palate with tannic backbone, eying for the long term! Pure and substantial, a classy finish!

  • Eudemis Likes this wine:

    May 14, 2017 - 13% alcohol. Superb cork in terms of density and length (54 mm), with no wine penetration. Decanted for a good hour. Very dark inky colour showing no sign of evolution. The nose is dominated by ripe and noble blackcurrant aromas. The mouth confirms these flavours and adds a silky texture with a perfect balance between richness and acidity. Fully resolved tannins, but no lack of grip. A supremely refined Pauillac, which is drinking extremely well now but with not even a hint of decline in sight. I have had more opulent wines from Pauillac, but none more elegant than this one.
    I have never had Latour itself, but I am quite happy to settle for Les Forts (am I not easy to please ?).
    Unfortunately not a repeat purchase realistically given the way the price has escalated since I acquired this for a very reasonable outlay twelve years ago or so. Never mind, there are excellent (if lower grade) Médoc crus to be had currently at very fair prices.

  • pipetree Likes this wine: 90 points

    December 17, 2016 - 2001, Chateau Latour, les Forts de Latour, Pauillac AOC: Clear semi lucent garnet with wide rim, profound wet leaves, sawdust, vibrant acidity, dry, medium+ alcohol, medium body, low but very firm dry tannin. Decayed leafy and a hint of yeasty on the palate. Long leafy aftertaste with savory flavors(mushroom and animal like). Good balance, super length, super intensity, low complexity. Clear and elegant. A very mature classic Bordeaux from 15 years ago still showing the power of its backbone. Past its most luxury period, getting dominated by tertiary nose but getting very peaceful, open and determined, like a man in his fortieth autumn. It is not a wine to be scored, but if any, I would put it at 90, the outstanding end of the wine spectrum for its consistency, grand scale, vibrancy, elegance and power. Impressive powerful tannin, remaindering good Brunello but quite another thing.

  • DrinkBordeaux wrote: 93 points

    January 22, 2016 - Château Latour vertical tasting ((Wine Watch, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)): The 2001 Les Forts was a very impressive wine. A really nice nose of ripe cassis, blackberry, tobacco, and chocolate. Lots of finesse and elegance. Smooth on the palate. The Les Forts certainly held its own tonight among the great wines of Latour.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/17/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Les Forts de Latour) Ripe plum, black fruit and allspice nose; lovely, precise, cassis, plum and coffee palate; medium-plus finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • Type Red
  • Producer Les Forts de Latour
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac

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  • In Cellars 911 (64%)
  • Consumed 508 (36%)

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