Second label of premier cru classed Chateau Latour, a property with a history stretching back to the 14th century.
Les Forts de Latour's first vintage was in 1966, and it has gained a steady reputation of quality since then. The fruit used for this wine always come from the same locations, including a historic plot in the 'Enclos' – rather than being simply the rejected components in any vintage originally intended for the Grand Vin. This offers some consistency and identity in the wine, year on year. It is certainly worth exploring this more affordable cuvee from such an illustrious estate.
As Latour state themselves, “produced with the same meticulous care as the Grand Vin, both in the vineyard and in the winery.”
The only notable difference, apart from the origin of the grapes, is the proportion of new barrels (50 to 60%) used in the maturing stage.
The blend for Forts de Latour can vary from one year to the next but there is always a higher proportion of Merlot (25 to 30%) compared to the Grand Vin. Cabernet Sauvignon dominant as one would expect, up to 70% of the blend.
The 2003 shows a very ripe and expressive nose of blackberry and plum compote with gamey notes. Firm tannins and balanced acidity on a generous palette of black fruits with cedar, graphite and spice. More forward and evolved than the Grand Vin of the same vintage.
Ready to drink or age in the short/mid term.