1996 Latour - Les Forts de Latour 750ml

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WS 92   IWC 91   WA 90   JR 17.5   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Amazing aromas of crushed berries and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with wonderfully velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This wine has wonderful texture and length. What a second wine!--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Deep ruby-red. Vibrant cassis and licorice aromas. Firmer and fresher than the '97, with plenty of flesh and backbone. Dense, sweet and deep. Finishes long and subtle. A very strong vintage for this wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

The dense ruby/purple-colored 1996 Les Forts de Latour is exceedingly tannic, with cassis and mushroom-like notes in the aromatics. This full-bodied wine is impressively constituted and one of the finest Forts de Latours of the last two decades.

Drink Dates: 2005-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 122

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

Very deep crimson with hardly any age at the rim. Mellow, scented nose and very sweet on the palate. No excess tannins at all, just very fine bone structure and good refined flesh in between. Rather a biddable Forts that is lighter and friendlier than many. Even a certain delicacy...! Tannins hidden on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2009-2022
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 94
Author: Wang Chong
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/29/2009
1 hour in decanter. wonderful performance. Ruby in color. Low rim variation. Medium rim variation. Slow legs. Fast legs. Gooseberry, Mineral, very good! Light/Medium bodied. Smooth texture. Medium finish.

Rating: 92
Author: Dnadoc00
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 02/03/2010
Drink now.

Rating: 90
Author: nothoi
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/25/2009
Drink Dates: 2009
I would drink this now if you have it. It definitely could get a bit more "earthy" and subdued, but it still has some fruit on it now. It's got some earth, cranberry, leather, cloves and a bit of orange on the back end. Last time I had this was 2006. I'm glad I decided to open it now - it's developed and evolved a lot over the last 3 yearrs.

Rating: 90
Author: Toby Thomas
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 02/27/2010

Rating: 86
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2004-2011
Much more mature in color than the '99 or 2000 Les Forts. A strong, sharp, but full very herbal nose with plenty of rounded oak and green bell peppers. The bell peppers are intriguing and much more attractive then bell pepper characteristics that come through from, say, under ripe Sonoma Cabernets. Starts off very sharp in the mouth but the sharpness fades fast leaving elegant somewhat liquide dark fruit flavors. Excellent length with moderate tannins.

Average rating: 90, based on 9 reviews
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825 bottles owned by 177 collectors.

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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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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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