"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.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|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)|
|Soil Type||Gunzian gravel over clay and limestone|