2003 Latour - Les Forts de Latour 1.5L

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2003 Latour - Les Forts de Latour
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International Wine Cellar | 91

($70-$85) Deep ruby-red. Wonderfully vinous and sappy for the vintage, with aromas of redcurrant, mineral and spice. Sweet, rich, lush and exotic but with good spice character giving lift to the flavors. A very fine-grained wine that will give relatively early pleasure, but it can't match the 2004 or 2005 for backbone. Finishes dry and classic, with plenty of richness.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | 92

The 2003 Les Forts de la Tour possesses a dense ruby/plum/purple color in addition to notions of cold steel, lead pencil shavings, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied, opulent, heady, rich, and lush, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2006-2021
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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Wine Spectator | 93

Beautiful aromas of berry, currant and toasted oak. Intense currant character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, intense finish. This is very structured and superclean. Excellent stuff. The second wine of Latour.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling


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Score:
Author: Wingman
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/11/2012
Drink Dates: 2013-2028
Score: 93
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 09/30/2009
More Vintages and Sizes of Latour - Les Forts de Latour:

2008 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)
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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