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2011 Les Forts de Latour

Colour: Red
Vintage: 2011
Appellation: Pauillac
90-92 (RP)
One of the original 1st Growths in 1855, Latour's reputation for making consistently outstanding wine continues to this day. The consistency of its wines can, to an extent, be attributed to the fact that, since 1670, the estate has only ever had 3 owners. Originally acquired by the Segur family, Latour remained in the hands of their heirs until 1963 when the estate came under British ownership with acclaimed wine writers Hugh Johnson and Harry Waugh serving as advisors. Since 1993, the estate has been under the ownership of Francois Pinault, a lifelong fan of the wines of Latour who, since taking charge, has overseen a string of incredible vintages. Since Pinault took the helm, Latour has been characterised by extraordinary levels of concentration, richness, and structure. Most significantly, following the 2011 vintage Latour opted out of the traditional En Primeur system with the intention of cellaring their wines themselves and only releasing each vintage as and when they believe it is ready. Hence the reason you will find fewer recent vintages of Latour offered than the other leading Bordeaux properties.

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2011 Les Forts de Latour

90-92 (RP)
£1,680 6 pack case(s) available

2011 Les Forts de Latour

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Region: Red Bordeaux
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2011 Les Forts de Latour

90-92 (RP)
£1,680 6 pack case(s) available

2011 Les Forts de Latour

Size
Cs (12)
Cs (6)
Cs (3)
Loose
Price
Per
Region: Red Bordeaux
90-92 (RP)
BTL
0
4
0
0
£840
6
LiveTrade
On LiveTrade wines, as well as a selling price, we continuously quote a firm price at which we will buy the wine. These buying prices are displayed when you select the "In Bond" tab. Provided your wine is in excellent condition and stored professionally under bond, you can sell to us instantly. For even more trading options try the LiveTrade Dashboard.
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Original Wooden Case
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£780.00
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£840.00
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Tasting Notes and Scores

92-94

Bordeaux Index

This vintage seems to really suit Latour and the Forts was tasting truly wonderful. It’s easy to see why they get frustrated with this being thought of as a second wine because it’s easily shoulder-to-shoulder with many famous grands vins. Voluptuous and alluring but still steely and precise, this shows how good things are at Latour right now.

90-92

Wine Advocate

One of the finest second wines now being made, Les Forts de Latour comes from the same parcel every year. The 2011 is composed of 61.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38.5% Merlot. Forty-three percent of the Latour production was relegated to this cuvee. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, underbrush, licorice and incense. Medium to full-bodied, deep, fleshy and already appealing, this 2011 should gain complexity over the next 5-7 years, and last for 15-20. By the way, Latour harvested relatively late for the Medoc, beginning the harvest on September 12 and finishing on September 26.

90-92

Neal Martin

The Les Forts de Latour is a blend of 61.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a strict, clinical bouquet with blackberry, boysenberry, crushed stone and a strong graphite seam. The palate is very precise on the entry, a little grainy in texture with fine minerality. It is unashamedly classic, nothing out of place, a second wine with its shirt tucked in and its tie done right up to the collar...and I like it for that. Tasted April 2012.

90-92

Michael Schuster

[62CS/35M/3PV] Dense, ripe black fruit and pebbly minerality; elegant middleweight of a moderate concentration and a very fine, lightly dry tannin; sweet, juicy, open ripe fruit in flavour, with a gentle ‘race’ and complexity; pure, subtly mineral, long and even to taste, with a delicious flesh, and superb length. Very nice indeed. 2020-30 [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2012]

91-94

Wine Spectator

This wine is sleek, velvety, caressing even, with no angles at all, offering pure cherry preserves and floral notes, with a long, cassis-infused finish that expands nicely as this airs. Tasted non-blind.—J.M.

92-93

James Suckling

This is really excellent. Love the nose of minerals, violets and berries. Full body, with super fine tannins and a long, long finish. Slightly lean but seamless tannins.

17-17

Jancis Robinson

Drink 2020-2035 61.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Initial impression of toast and char. Dark and savoury. Unexpectedly fluid on the palate even though it has a firm framework but the framework is transparent to the purity of the fruit. Not in the least luscious. Short pile so it is firm but carpeted on the palate. (JH) 13.08%

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