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 year it is 43% of Latour’s production with a further 23% going into the generic Pauillac. 61.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. In 2011 nearly 25% of the grapes in the enclos of Chateau Latour (especially Merlot) were relegated to Les Forts de Latour. This is a serious and impressive Pauillac with great balance between the black fruit and firm but ripe tannins. Complex with creme de cassis notes on the mid palate, silky texture and a long finish. Very impressive indeed.

The Wine Enthusiast (USA) – Rated 93 Points
“This wine is characterized by both structure and rich fruitiness. A dark, smoky character brings out the solid tannins that underlie the black currant fruitiness and the balance. Although it doesn’t have power, an intensity gives a flavor that lasts in the mouth. Drink this wine from 2018. Cellar Selection.”

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 92 Points
“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.”
Tasted Issue #200 April 2012.

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