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Les Forts de Latour Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2005

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Château Latour:
  Château Latour is a First Growth wine estate in Pauillac in the Bordeaux region of France. The castle was built in the early 14th century as a home shared by various feudal lords. It played a role in the Hundred Years War, serving as a garrison for the Anglo-Gascon army. But it wasn’t till the 16th century that wine production began there in earnest. In the late 17th and ... Read more
  Château Latour is a First Growth wine estate in Pauillac in the Bordeaux region of France. The castle was built in the early 14th century as a home shared by various feudal lords. It played a role in the Hundred Years War, serving as a garrison for the Anglo-Gascon army. But it wasn’t till the 16th century that wine production began there in earnest. In the late 17th and early 18th century, Latour was owned by Alexandre de Ségur, whom Louis XV referred to as “Prince of the Vines.” Before his death in 1716, de Ségur purchased Lafite, and his son Nicolas-Alexandre, then President of Bordeaux, acquired Mouton and Calon in 1718. By the 18th century, peace between England and France meant increased trade with Bordeaux. This elevated the status of the finest French estates, which increased in value significantly as they saw more attention from the nobility. Though Bordeaux saw a lot of damage to estates in the French Revolution and breakups of their ownerships, Latour remained unharmed and remained in the Ségur family. It was officially named a First Growth, the highest possible honor for a French wine, in 1855.    By the mid 20th century, various inheritances meant many shares in Latour, which for 30 years became owned almost entirely by the British financial group Pearson and Harveys of Bristol. But in 1993, the majority of the estate was sold to François Pinault in Artemis, once again in French hands.    The prestigious wines are produced with respect to tradition with modern techniques assuring the highest possible quality. Latour is best known for its Grand Vin, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, with an average annual production of 18,000 cases. They have a second wine, Les Forts de Latour and also a “third wine,” simply called Latour Pauillac. Bottles of Latour Grand Vin, particularly older vintages, have been known to sell for astronomical prices at auctions. Read less

External Reviews for Les Forts de Latour Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
05/18/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/15/2009

Shows blackberry, coffee, cedar, and raisin on the nose, turning to licorice and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with refined, silky tannins and a long finish. Balanced and juicy. Builds on the palate, with currant, licorice and mineral character, follow... Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Forts de Latour, Les 1500ml


External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
10/15/2009

Les Forts de Latour is produced from three plots situated outside the "Grand Enclos" and from vines less than 12 years old. Also, on the quality of the vintage, certain vats of Chateau Latour may be assigned to Les Forts de Latour if they are not up to the standards of the Grand Vin. The varieties are 70% Cabernet, 30% Merlot. The exact proportion of grape varieties will vary slightly from year to year. Robert Parker 92, Wine Spectator 94.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/06/2015

It took four days after this bottle was first opened for the wine to shed the tough reductive character in the tannin and begin to show the plump claret this will become with time. What initially feels dark ripe and dry-as-a-drought turns toward juicy red and black currant fruit underlined by pleasantly bitter chocolate tannin. Les Forts is produced from the young vines at Latour s Grand Enclos (the main vineyard) from lots that do not make it into the first wine plus selections from three other estate parcels. Wine & Spirits.


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
01/19/2009

RP: The 2005 Forts de Latour (10,000 cases produced) possesses much of the same character as Latour, but sweeter tannins, more obvious and forward fruit, medium to full body, and a more seductive, plusher style, but not the great stature, richness, and architectural precision of its bigger brother. Nevertheless, it is a gorgeous Pauillac that should drink well for two decades or more.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

The 2005 Forts de Latour (10,000 cases produced) possesses much of the same character as Latour, but sweeter tannins, more obvious and forward fruit, medium to full body, and a more seductive, plusher style, but not the great stature, richness, and a... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Forts de Latour, Les 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
04/06/2015

Deep garnet in color this is scented of warm black berries anise oolong tea and smoked meat. The palate is a little restrained and though just beginning to open into some layers is still quite taut with a solid structure supporting the generous flesh. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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