Les Forts de Latour 2014

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Les Forts de Latour has a smudged, quite opulent bouquet with lavish red fruit, leather and undergrowth scents, more forward than I would expect from a wine this youthful. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannin and a little chewy in the mouth. Like the nose, this Les Forts de Latour feels unusually decadent for the vintage with a sweet finish that needs to muster more reserve and breeding. It is not unlikeable, quite the opposite, but it needs to develop more Pauillac characteristics. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2020 - 2040

Score: 93Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2018

The Les Forts de Latour 2014 is a blend of 71.4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28.6% Merlot that represents 40.1% of the production. Now this has a very perfumed bouquet, almost Margaux-like in style with wilted violet petals complementing the fresh black cherries and graphite aromas. The definition here is impressive. The palate is medium-bodied with a strong thead of pencil lead, crisp acidity, a dash of black pepper towards the finish. It is actually reminiscent of the Lynch Bages '14 tasted on the previous visit. Good persistency in the mouth, this is a fine Les Forts de Latour. Drink: 2021-2042.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (218), April 2015

The 2014 Les Forts de Latour is a blend of 71.4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28.6% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it needs a little coaxing to reveal expanding scents of blackcurrant pastilles, baked plums and boysenberries with suggestions of wood smoke, fragrant earth, cast-iron pan and charcuterie plus a faint waft of black truffles. Medium-bodied, the earthy/savory palate has loads of lively black fruit with a refreshing line and firm, grainy tannins, finishing on a lingering ferrous note.

Score: 93Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, March 2020

Glorious aromatics with currants, flowers, stones and light mushrooms. Medium to full body and fine tannins that are long and polished. Super linear, structured and long. Drink in 2019.

Score: 94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

This is very Latour in style. It is structured and muscular and not easy - yet approachable and muscular. Full body, chewy polished tannins and a long and intense finish. Impressive.

Score: 93/94James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2015

The 2014 Forts de Latour has turned out beautifully. Pliant, supple and open-knit, the wine is super-expressive, even at this early stage. There is lovely depth to the dark red cherry, plum and leather nuances, all in the vivid, articulate style that is found in the best 2014s. Best of all, the 2014 Forts de Latour will drink well with minimal cellaring.

Score: 93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017

The 2014 Forts de Latour is very pretty. Sweet floral and herbal notes meld into a core of expressive dark red cherry and plum in a supple, open-knit wine endowed with superb purity. Here the Cabernet Sauvignon-inflected aromatics and flavors are super-expressive. The finessed, silky finish is striking.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2015

Tasted blind. Well mannered, not showy. Solid performer with no rough edges. Clean and fairly dry. Classic Pauillac but it is not going the extra mile.
Drink 2025-2040

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018

Lively healthy crimson. Great confident attack. Very firm and sinewy framework. Deep and dense with some elderberry and polished tannins. Great energy and vibrancy. A little more like the old style than the grand vin. More press wine than Latour. 13.01% Drink 2023-2038

Score: 17.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015

First produced in 1966, this is not really a second wine as it is produced from separate parts of the vineyard which contain many old vines, as well as from some vats that are not quite up to the standards of the Grand Vin de Château Latour. Grapes from the vineyard's young vines do not go into Les Forts de Latour but are used for a generic Pauillac third label. Clearly the equivalent of a top classed growth. Under Frédéric Engerer's management, Les Forts de Latour has continued to improve in quality and recent vintages have been at "super-second growth" levels. This wine will not be sold En Primeur but kept at the Chateau until it is mature. 71.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28.5% Merlot. 40% of total production (33.9% goes into the Grand Vin). Deep colour, with a brooding black fruit and licquorice nose. The palate is dominated by cassis and black cherry fruit, and has more grip and power than most wines of the vintage. The oak adds a spicy, toasty note on the mid-palate and finish. The acidity adds a freshness and coolness to the ripe black fruit, which is intense on the long finish.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, March 2015

The second wine of the estate is the 2014 Les Forts De Latour and this beauty is better than most estate grand vin. Made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot, this straight up classic Pauillac is loaded with notions of red and black currants, lead pencil shavings, roasted coffee, graphite, and Asian spices. Deep, medium to full-bodied, impressively concentrated, and layered, it’s a seriously good wine that’s going to continue drinking beautifully for two to three decades. 2018 - 2048

Score: 93Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

Offers a core of pure cassis and blackberry fruit, with mouthwatering streaks of graphite and anise. Racy-edged, featuring ample grip buried through the finish. Reveals a violet echo for good measure. Textbook. Best from 2018 through 2030. 9,022 cases made.

Score: 92James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017

Fragrant and fresh the nose appears quite light but the palate has richness and depth black fruited power. Ripe tannins help the mid richness sweet black fruits and although slightly lighter at the back the finish has concentration and black fruited power. 2019-30

Score: 89/92Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Deliberately made as a "vin de garde", the second wine of Latour is no pale reflection of the grand vin. Dark, compact and slightly reduced, it's a classic Pauillac with well handled oak, bright acidity, scented cassis and mulberry fruit and the lowish alcohol that is so typical of the vintage.

Score: 94Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015

Score: 92Decanter Magazine, April 2015

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