Les Forts de Latour Pauillac 2016

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Les Forts de Latour Pauillac 2016
Producer Château Latour
Region, Country Bordeaux, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Product Code 21294-750

Certified Organic. From its genesis in 1966, this wine has evolved and improved to achieve the level of Médoc Grand Cru Classé. Fruit for this wine is sourced from vines within L’Enclos, both from the centre (where the majority of fruit is used for the Grand Vin), from the edges of the site and, from other plots in the Cru Classé areas of Pauillac (some of which have been owned by the Château for more than a century).

Winemaking for Les Forts de Latour is in a similar vein to the Grand Vin, with the only difference to note being the proportion of new oak used in the maturing stage (50% as opposed to 100% in the Grand Vin). The varietal blend varies each year; 2016 is 64.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.3% Merlot and 0.4% Cabernet Franc and sits at a cool, 13.5% alcohol. 

Les Forts de Latour Pauillac 2016

Reviews

"The 2016 Les Forts de Latour is superb, unwinding in the glass with notions of blackcurrants, wild berries, sweet loamy soil, cigar wrapper and English walnuts. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it’s concentrated and tightly wound, with superb depth at the core, lively acids and ripe, powdery tannins. This is an impeccably balanced, utterly classical Forts de Latour worth a special effort to seek out."
95 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
“The fresh currant and violet aromas are so complex and beautiful on the nose. Full body, ultra-refined tannins and lovely tannin tension. Shows focus and such finesse. Beautiful finish.”
96 points, James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com
“The 2016 Les Forts de Latour is the clear highlight among these new releases from Latour. The first thing that is evident about the 2016 is the pedigree of the vintage. Undisputedly great. Readers will find a potent, dark Forts de Latour endowed with massive concentration and tons of depth. The 2016 won't be ready to drink anytime soon, but it holds tons of promise. Hints of gravel, sage, licorice and pencil shavings linger. The 2016 was impressive a few years ago. It is even better today.”
96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“Violet scented dark black cherries and figs on the nose, quite powerful. Tannins are generous but they're juicy and plump, soft almost chalky, they have a really great impact, filling the mouth together with the fruit. Everything has melded together, super balanced and all very harmonious - still clearly powerful with precision and sculpting of the fruit and a long finish with the flavours going on and on. Good acidity gives freshness and a real rush of strawberry and cherry juice on the first sip lifts and sustains the palate the whole way. Such a charming wine with great impact and presence.”
95 points, Georgina Hindle, Decanter

Reviews

"The 2016 Les Forts de Latour is superb, unwinding in the glass with notions of blackcurrants, wild berries, sweet loamy soil, cigar wrapper and English walnuts. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, it’s concentrated and tightly wound, with superb depth at the core, lively acids and ripe, powdery tannins. This is an impeccably balanced, utterly classical Forts de Latour worth a special effort to seek out."
95 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
“The fresh currant and violet aromas are so complex and beautiful on the nose. Full body, ultra-refined tannins and lovely tannin tension. Shows focus and such finesse. Beautiful finish.”
96 points, James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com
“The 2016 Les Forts de Latour is the clear highlight among these new releases from Latour. The first thing that is evident about the 2016 is the pedigree of the vintage. Undisputedly great. Readers will find a potent, dark Forts de Latour endowed with massive concentration and tons of depth. The 2016 won't be ready to drink anytime soon, but it holds tons of promise. Hints of gravel, sage, licorice and pencil shavings linger. The 2016 was impressive a few years ago. It is even better today.”
96 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“Violet scented dark black cherries and figs on the nose, quite powerful. Tannins are generous but they're juicy and plump, soft almost chalky, they have a really great impact, filling the mouth together with the fruit. Everything has melded together, super balanced and all very harmonious - still clearly powerful with precision and sculpting of the fruit and a long finish with the flavours going on and on. Good acidity gives freshness and a real rush of strawberry and cherry juice on the first sip lifts and sustains the palate the whole way. Such a charming wine with great impact and presence.”
95 points, Georgina Hindle, Decanter

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