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Les Forts de Latour 1996
Berry Bros & Rudd review: We are delighted to be able to offer the outstanding 1996 Les Forts de Latour as a rare ex-chateau release. This is a magnificent wine in its own right and is by no means overshadowed by its big brother. It is ready to drink (with a little patience, or an hour of decanting) and will drink brilliantly over the next 10 years and is a relative bargain given its outstanding quality.
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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....
External Reviews for Les Forts de Latour
Retasting the 1996 (rated 91-93) suggests to me that it is the finest Forts de Latour since the astonishing 1982.
Very good ruby-red. Expressive aromas of crystallized dark berries, sweet butter, licorice and minerals. Firmly structured and penetrating, with sound acidity and lovely sweetness of fruit. Finishes quite long, and firmly tannic. This is even stronge... Stephen Tanzer. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Forts de Latour, Les 750ml
Very good ruby-red. Expressive aromas of crystallized dark berries sweet butter licorice and minerals. Firmly structured and penetrating with sound acidity and lovely sweetness of fruit. Finishes quite long and firmly tannic. This is even stronger than I reported a year ago. 90-91 points Stephen Tanzers IWC.
Very fine indeed. A perfumed wine with blackberry and mineral aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied with firm tannins that are polished and fine. Long on the finish... Wine Spectator.
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