2005 Latour - Les Forts de Latour 750ml

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2005 Latour - Les Forts de Latour

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International Wine Cellar | 92

($220) Good red-ruby. Exotic aromas of roasted plum, currant and graphite. Big, round and sweet but with the broad shoulders of the year. The silky flavors of currant, tobacco and sweet oak show extraordinary baby fat and volume. Wonderfully rich, expressive wine with a very long, silky, aromatic back end. "Better than the 2007 Latour today, and almost as long," says Engerer. (The 2006 Forts de Latour had just been fined.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 92

The 2005 Forts de Latour (10,000 cases produced) possesses much of the same character as Latour, but sweeter tannins, more obvious and forward fruit, medium to full body, and a more seductive, plusher style, but not the great stature, richness, and architectural precision of its bigger brother. Nevertheless, it is a gorgeous Pauillac that should drink well for two decades or more.

Drink Dates: 2008-2028
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | 94

Shows blackberry, coffee, cedar, and raisin on the nose, turning to licorice and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with refined, silky tannins and a long finish. Balanced and juicy. Builds on the palate, with currant, licorice and mineral character, followed by a powerful finish. An amazing second wine. 13,330 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2015+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 93
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/23/2013
Score: 92
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/25/2010
Incredibly young but succulent.
Score: 94
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 09/30/2009

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Score: 91
Author: Herbert
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 08/28/2009

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More Vintages and Sizes of Latour - Les Forts de Latour:

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2004 (750ml)
2002 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)
1994 (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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