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Forts de Latour Ex Chateau Release 2013

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This wine is sleek, velvety, caressing even, with no angles at all, offering pure cherry preserves and floral notes, with a long, cassis-infused finish that expands nicely as this airs. Tasted non-blind.-J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Forts de Latour, Les 750ml

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4.50 5
Vintage: 2011 01/12/2015

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: david charlot
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2.00 5
Vintage: 2003 06/08/2007

Souple et rond.


Snooth User: franco2000
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 03/05/2008

Four glasses


Snooth User: Shin Yagisawa
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 10/31/2012

Good balance and a reasonable amount of alcohol, wish more aroma.


Snooth User: dflish
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2000 10/12/2011

Mmm


Snooth User: dmcker
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4.50 5
Vintage: 1996 12/21/2009

The most popular wine I served at Thanksgiving this year was the '96 Les Forts de Latour, though all the other wine was seriously complimented (and all the bottles emptied). It had an utterly fantastic nose--in fact it's harder to imagine a more representative bouquet of cabernet sauvignon than from those three bottles. Since we were all pretty well into our cups by the time it was poured, enjoying each others company and the food, there were several loud moans of pleasure as glasses were brought to nose. ;-) It was also a great match for both the turkey and especially the duck confit we were eating '96 was a big year so the wine itself was still quite closed with very dry tannins on opening. A bit hard and stony, even after 13 years. But since I opened the bottles nearly four hours before dinner, the wine was a very different animal, far more civilized, by the time we were drinking it. Purplish-tinged ruby hue, classic cedar and pencil lead and dark fruit screaming CABERNET and Merlot on the nose. Loads of cassis and some tobacco on the palate, with the stoniness changed to a sophisticated minerality. Still a bit of reserve, with plenty of pepper midway, but with a sweetness to the fruit and evolved forwardness quite different from its big brother at a similar stage (I assume so since that has always been the case before, though I haven't yet had a Latour from '96--nor do I feel any rush to do so after current tasting of Les Forts; the Latour can wait for a few more years... ;-) ). Medium long finish. A lovely, refined wine that on its own would be a match for many, many of the classified growths in Bordeaux--I don't really view this as a 'second label', but a proper fine wine with a character of its own. And, it will almost certainly be drinking even better five to 10 years from now....


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Vintage: 2011 05/25/2012

This wine is sleek, velvety, caressing even, with no angles at all, offering pure cherry preserves and floral notes, with a long, cassis-infused finish that expands nicely as this airs. Tasted non-blind.-J.M. Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Forts de Latour, Les 750ml


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Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

This wine is sleek velvety caressing even with no angles at all offering pure cherry preserves and floral notes with a long cassis-infused finish that expands nicely as this airs. Tasted non-blind.-J.M. Wine Spectator.


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Vintage: 2010 08/22/2013

72.5% cabernet sauvignon 25.5% merlot 2% petit verdot. This wine represents 40% of the harvest in 2010 which began on September 20th with the merlot and finished on October 11th with the cabernet sauvignon. Alcohol is 14.3%. A nose of bright red fr... John Sweeney A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 2010 Forts de Latour Les Bordeaux Blend 3000ml


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Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Deep red. Sweet red cherry cassis cedar and graphite on the showy nose. Sweet and chewy in the mouth with red fruit liqueur and Oriental spice elements carrying through on the tactile long finish. Much better than the Pauillac which is the estate s third wine. (ID) Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

72.5% cabernet sauvignon 25.5% merlot 2% petit verdot. This wine represents 40% of the harvest in 2010 which began on September 20th with the merlot and finished on October 11th with the cabernet sauvignon. Alcohol is 14.3%. A nose of bright red fruits leads into flavors of grilled steak chocolate raspberry and an intense mineral streak. The finish is long with tremendous texture and weight on the palate. Tannins are beautifully integrated. Though this is Latour s second wine most wineries


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Vintage: 2010 03/08/2013

72.5% cabernet sauvignon, 25.5% merlot, 2% petit verdot. This wine represents 40% of the harvest in 2010 which began on September 20th with the merlot and finished on October 11th with the cabernet sauvignon. Alcohol is 14.3%. A nose of bright red fr... John Sweeney. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Forts de Latour, Les 3000ml


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Vintage: 2010 07/06/2011

This comes off as almost sweet, thanks to gentle ripeness and friendly plum sauce, raspberry and cherry compote notes, all backed by an energy that's in reserve. There's latent acidity rippling through the finish, where briar, pastis and graphite lur... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2010 Forts de Latour, Les 750ml


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