Les Forts de Latour 2010

Les Forts de Latour 2010

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"Latour is unquestionably the most consistent of Bordeaux’s first growths.

"True to its reputation this wine is as remarkable in the finer vintages as in the lesser ones.

"Generally powerful, tannic, rich, dense, and intense, the wines of Latour are always top flight and extremely long-lived."

— Robert Parker

Notes and Reviews

James Suckling (96)

Aromas of currants, blueberries and blackberries with a dark chocolate undertone. Perfumed and beautiful. Full body, with velvety tannins that are fine-tuned and tentative. It lasts for minutes. Gorgeous fruit and richness. Perhaps the greatest Les Forts ever? Try in 2018.

Robert Parker (97)

Bizarre as it may sound, the 2010 Les Forts de Latour is also the finest I have ever tasted from this selection, which comes from specific vineyards, not really so much a second wine as just another wine from estate holdings. A blend of 72.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27.5% Merlot that represents 40% of the production, this astonishing wine hit 14.3% natural alcohol. Extremely ripe and rich, it reminds me of the 1982 on steroids (and that wine is still drinking great 30 years after the vintage). Sensational notes of graphite, crushed rocks, black fruits, camphor and damp forest notes are present in this expansive, savory, full-throttle wine, which is better than many vintages of the great Latour itself from the past. (That may be a heretical statement, but it's the truth as I see it.)

This wine needs a good 5-6 years of cellaring and should age for three decades at minimum, given the fact that the 1982 is in terrific form and wasn't this concentrated or prodigious.

Product Details

Vintage 2010
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Viticulture Conventional
Type Red
Age of Vines 40 years old
Vinification 21 days' maceration and fermentation in stainless-steel vats
Elevage 15 months in oak barrels (50% new oak)
Production 175,000 bottles
Soil Type Gunzian gravel over clay and limestone