Les Forts de Latour 2015 (OWC3)
Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: Chateau Latour
Country: France Region: Bordeaux
Grapes Varieties: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon,35.6% Merlot,0.5% Cabernet Franc,0.9% Petit Verdot
Classification: 2nd Wine of Chateau Latour Production:
Alcohol: 13% abv Packing: Original Wooden Case of 3 bottles
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
JS=95 Aromas of blackcurrants, sweet tobacco, fresh herbs, liquorice and cigar box follow through to a full body with tannins that are totally integrated and ultra, ultra-fine, framing the wine and highlighting the subtle, pretty fruit. All about grace and beauty. Keeps getting better. Drink or hold.
WA=94+ Composed of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.6% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.9% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Les Forts de Latour needs a fair bit of air to unlock a profound, powerhouse nose of blackcurrant cordial, boysenberries, plum preserves and dark chocolate, with suggestions of Chinese five-spice, clove oil, violets and crushed rocks. The palate packs an absolute flavour wallop, bursting with rich, ripe black fruits and loads of spicy sparks, while framed by beautifully plush tannins, finishing long and minerally. Not at all heavy, on the contrary, the Les Forts is both expansive AND tantalizingly refreshing. In terms of evolution, it has barely budged since I last tasted it in 2017. While it's drinking very well right now, it easily has a good 20 years of cellaring ahead, maybe more. Impressive.
AG=94 The 2015 Les Forts de Latour is silky, perfumed and wonderfully nuanced from the very first taste. Crushed red berry, cedar, tobacco, mint and blood orange lend striking aromatic nuance. Ample and resonant in feel, yet with mid-weight structure, the 2015 is a total pleasure to taste today. All of the natural radiance of the warm year comes through in the wine's generous, inviting personality. Drink it over the next 15 years or so. (AG).
WS=91 Very pure and focused, with black currant and black cherry fruit flavours showing lovely freshness, while light graphite, singed black tea leaf and violet hints check-in through the silky finish. Best from 2019 through 2032.