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Forts de Latour
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Category Red Wine
Classification 2nd Wine of First Growth (Médoc 1855)
Note: pictures for reference only. Actual condition, vintage, age and appearance may vary.
C(s)=Case(s), Bt(s)=Bottle(s), Cat=Wine Category
Cat Region Year Producer, Wine Size C(s) Bt(s) HKD/Cs HKD/Bt Score Critic
Bordeaux 2011 Forts de Latour BT - 8 - HK$1,850 93 JS
Bordeaux 2011 Forts de Latour BT12 1 (12) - HK$19,980 - 93 JS
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Tasting Notes

One of the finest second wines now being made, Les Forts de Latour comes from the same parcel every year. The 2011 is composed of 61.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38.5% Merlot. Forty-three percent of the Latour production was relegated to this cuvee. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, underbrush, licorice and incense. Medium to full-bodied, deep, fleshy and already appealing, this 2011 should gain complexity over the next 5-7 years, and last for 15-20. 

By the way, Latour harvested relatively late for the Medoc, beginning the harvest on September 12 and finishing on September 26.

Score: 90-92 Robert Parker (RP), The Wine Advocate (WA), April 2012

Wonderful aromas of blackberries, Indian spices and currants with hints of dried flowers. Medium body, linear, tight and ultra-fine tannins and a fresh finish. Beautiful now but this will improve with age.

Score: 93 James Suckling (JS),, March 2018

The 2011 Les Forts de Latour has a very refined bouquet, understated at first but gaining intensity in the glass with an attractive estuarine tincture developing and complementing the black fruit. Later on, there is a trademark touch of Pauillac mintiness coupled with black olives. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin and very good weight in the mouth, the fruit profile leaning more towards the red side of the spectrum than black. This feels lithe and supple in the mouth, fleshy and generous with a smooth finish that slips down the throat. Enjoy this now and over the next 15-20 years. Tasted March 2017.

Score: 91 Neal Martin (NM), The Wine Advocate (WA), June 2017

A wonderful surprise today, the 2011 Les Forts de Latour is terrific. Pliant, silky and racy, the 2011 offers considerable suppleness and sheer appeal. Hints of sweet tobacco, herb, licorice, cloves and leather add aromatic nuance throughout, but it is the wine´s overall balance and feel that are most impressive. The 2011 will drink nicely for at least another handful of years. From a pure pleasure perspective, it is the most enjoyable of Latour´s three new releases at this stage.

Score: 92 Antonio Galloni (AG), Vinous Media (VM), May 2017

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