1995 Latour - Les Forts de Latour 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1995 Latour - Les Forts de Latour
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International Wine Cellar | 89(+?)

Very unforthcoming on the nose; opened to show a whiff of shoe polish. Also quite closed in on itself in the mouth; hints of black cherry and dark chocolate. Rather powerfully structured and tough to taste today, but conveys an impression of of excellent concentration. As I noted last year, the substantial tannins coat the insides of the cheeks. May ultimately merit a 90+ rating.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Jancis Robinson | 17.5

Dark crimson with a little age at the rim. Beefy, bloody notes on the nose. Quite open. Already quite soft and round on the front palate with fine tannins only on the very end. You could drink this now with food but there is still lots of life in it. More substantial than the 1996 Forts. Vigorous and powerful.

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 89

Latour's second wine, Forts de Latour, is now one of the two or three finest second wines of Bordeaux (Bahans-Haut-Brion and the Clos du Marquis of Leoville Las-Cases are two other personal favorites). The terrific, dark ruby/purple-colored 1995 possesses a sweet, jammy black fruit-scented nose intertwined with smoky minerals, earth, and spicy oak. The wine is surprisingly thick and rich in the mouth, with its glycerin and concentration of fruit largely concealing the moderate tannin. This excellent, sweet wine is less powerful, but more accessible than the 1996.

Drink Dates: 2001-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 115

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Wine Spectator | 91

A solid, well-built '95. Lovely chocolate, berry and tobacco aromas, with a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. The best second label of Pauillac? Well, it is from Château Latour.

Drink Dates: 2001+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 89
Author: rcl
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/17/2010
Drink Dates:
Not the greatest..
Score:
Author: hammer
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/20/2009
Drink Dates:
not as good as the latour 1995 but more ready and amazing
More Vintages and Sizes of Latour - Les Forts de Latour:

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2002 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)

About This Producer


Chateau Latour is among the First Growth properties classified in the Bordeaux 1855 Classification. The estate is situated in the southern portion of Pauillac, bordering St. Julien and the Gironde estuary. Latour is considered one of the longest-lasting First Growths, reflecting its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend is typically 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The fruit is grown in vineyards with notably high levels of gravel and an ideal southeastern exposure. Latour is typified by its concentrated fruit and complexity. Young vintages are forward and jammy with multiple layers of fruit. Aromas include black-currant, cherry and prune, with a dusty bouquet of mint, leather, cedar, and tobacco. Chateau Latour can age a lifetime and should not be approached for ten to twenty years. Some of the best vintages include 1949, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, and 2000. Chateau Latour also produces a second wine called Les Forts de Latour and a third wine labeled simply Pauillac.

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