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Community Tasting Notes (32) Avg Score: 91.2 points

  • 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

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  • superb flavors and nose - classic Bordeaux nose and flavors of cigar box and berries nice finish with good tannin fruit balance

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114, (See more on Vinous...)

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    May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108, (See more on Vinous...)

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    May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/17/2008, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

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

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