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2017 Les Forts de Latour

Château Latour are due to release 2017 Les Forts de Latour early next week.


Offered ex-Château.  Landing in the UK by autumn 2023.

Château Latour, Pauillac

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Château Latour, Pauillac

Château Latour is a Premier Cru Classé estate in the commune of Pauillac.  Rated as a first growth in the 1855 Classification.  The estate dates to the early 14th century and was named after the fortified medieval 'Tour Saint Lambert'.  The estate was bought at the start of the 18th century by the Segur family and was owned by them for three centuries. Nicolas-Alexandre Segur (known as the 'Prince of Vines') also purchased Mouton and Calon in 1718.  The existing château was build in the mid-19th century.  Francois Pinault bought Latour in 1993, hiring Frederic Engerer as winemaker (now its president).  Latour decided to leave the en primeur system in 2012 and now releases its wines when they deem them ready to drink.

The 78 hectares of vines are planted to 74.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23.8 Merlot, 1.8% Cabernet Franc and .02% Petit Verdot.  At the heart of Latour's vineyards is a 47-hectare parcel known as 'Enclos', which provides all the fruit for the grand vin.  The terroir here is a mixture of deep gravels and “Argile Gonflante" clay.  The vines are farmed using organic and biodynamic practices.  Vinification is in a mix of stainless steel vats, from very small to very large, allowing for vinification by plots.  The second wine, Les Forts de Latour, is made from young vines in and around the Enclos. A third wine, Le Pauillac de Château Latour, is also made.



RED 2017 3 cases Château Latour 75cl £2,400 per case of 6 Château Latour
2017 / 3 cases / 75cl
£2,400 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"Latour is an utterly fascinating wine to taste nowadays, as there is little doubt that it is undergoing a profound change - almost certainly due to biodynamics. The 2017 is less monumental and yet no less impactful than previous vintages, and is very much in the frame of recent Latours. They are bravely following where they believe it should be, rather than where the market expects it to be. It opens with hugely vibrant spice followed by powerful, richly concentrated cassis and autumnal fruits that steal up on you. This beautiful wine has great persistency and precision, with real bearing and good Pauillac structure. Those tannins come rushing in until, by the end, you feel their insisting power. The levels of precision are astonishing - the team blind-tasted the berries for three weeks before harvest to track maturity and decide picking dates. There are touches of 100-year-old Petit Verdot in here. 30.3% of the estate's production went into the grand vin. 6.4% press wine. 66 IPT. Drinking Window 2027 - 2042. 97 points." Jane Anson, Decanter. Apr '18------"The 2017 Latour, which was bottled mid-June and mid-July, has a tightly wound bouquet with black fruit, pencil lead and a strong marine influence. This is utterly compelling. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, what you may call an "athletic" Latour. There is no "fat" here, just pure black mineral-infused fruit with quintessential Pauillac notes of graphite and a touch of cedar on the persistent finish. Superb. 2024-2060. 97 points." Neal Martin, Vinous, Sep '19------"The 2017 Latour is a blend of 92.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.8% Merlot and 0.1% Petit Verdot with 13.3% alcohol and an IPT of 66. Deep garnet-purple in color, it starts off a little broody before exploding from the glass with powerful scents of ripe blackcurrants, blackberry pie and preserved black cherries plus touches of cedar chest, fenugreek, cumin seed and charcoal with emerging wafts of violets, dark chocolate, star anise and fertile loam. Medium-bodied, this may be one of the most elegant, great Latours ever, revealing layer upon layer of fresh, crunchy black fruits with a vast array of exotic spice and floral nuances, framed by super ripe, super fine-grained tannins, finishing very long with mineral sparks coming through. This is so nuanced and perfumed that I imagine, in 50 years, this wine could be mistaken for a great red Burgundy. 2026-2075. 98 points." Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate, Mar '20------"Ripe and very powerful aromas of black licorice, currants and violets. Full-bodied, dense and flavorful with lots of very new, flashy wood. Sexy and gorgeous. Round and polished tannins. Superb wine for the vintage. Try after 2028. 99 points." James Suckling, Jan '20

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