February 13, 2021 - Tasted with Latour same year; Les Forts dark red with some brown, not black; Latour more dark towards black; Les Forts blackberry, cedar, open, silky sweet, fully mature and ready; Latour licorice, less expressive than Les Forts, more concentrated, developing in the glas over the hour, early drinking window, plenty of more years before maturity
September 6, 2020 - superb flavors and nose - classic Bordeaux nose and flavors of cigar box and berries nice finish with good tannin fruit balance
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
February 3, 2015 - Souper avec Gaël et. al. à l'Os
Un très joli nez médocain, avec une belle bouche ronde, que je place à Margaux (!). Un vin qui a de la fraicheur, de la finesse, c'est abouti, il n'est pas des plus profonds mais possède un très bel équilibre. Au dévoilement: le prix est dément! Cher pour un bon vin. 90 pts
December 24, 2012 - In a word, "wow!". I gave it 30 minutes with the cork out, and another 30 minutes after decanting. It was a perfect match for the plain "the wine in the star here" roast beef and it lived up to expectations raised by it's pedigree. A huge finish which lengthened every mouthful. It's colour suggested that it had scope for further aging (perhaps another 5 years), but my feeling was this was firmly in it's plateau (unless you're into ultra-aged wine),
October 6, 2012 - Open and slow aerate. Very tight core of lead pencil and red fruit. Nice cedar and cigar on the nose as well. The palate has great balance and firm structure. Delicious and easy to enjoy with steaks.