Les Forts de Latour Pauillac 1995

Les Forts de Latour Pauillac 1995

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Latour’s second wine, Forts de Latour, is now one of the two or three finest second wines of Bordeaux (Bahans-Haut-Brion and the Clos du Marquis of Leoville Las-Cases are two other personal favorites).

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Source: 228, Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 31st Dec 2016 (RP-89)

Latour's second wine, Forts de Latour, is now one of the two or three finest second wines of Bordeaux (Bahans-Haut-Brion and the Clos du Marquis of Leoville Las-Cases are two other personal favourites). The terrific, dark ruby/purple-coloured 1995 possesses a sweet, jammy black fruit-scented nose intertwined with smoky minerals, earth, and spicy oak. The wine is surprisingly thick and rich in the mouth, with its glycerin and concentration of fruit largely concealing the moderate tannin. This excellent, sweet wine is less powerful but more accessible than the 1996 vintage.
Drink Date 2001 - 2015

Source: Winemaker,

A little austere at first compared to the previous vintage, the concentration of this wine then takes on a delightfully rich aspect: it combines a surprising classic, balanced, solid tannic structure that has perfect, plump tannins thanks to a superb maturity, with very pure fruit. A wine that will keep for a very long time!

A mild, wet winter resulted in a fairly early bud break at Latour, on 23 March for the Merlot and 2 April for the Cabernet Sauvignon. After three weeks of cool weather in early May, a warm period from the 23rd caused an "explosion" in growth. Flowering began on 28 May. Some flower abortion was noted in the older Merlot vines in the Enclos. June and July were hot and humid. Thunderstorms continued in August, but Latour was spared, receiving only 67 mm of rain. There was a period of fine weather in late August with three hot, dry weeks; easterly winds had a concentrating effect on the grapes, and cool nights enabled gradual ripening in typical ocean climate conditions. The harvests were slightly disrupted by several storms and took place from 17 September to 2 October. The grapes were perfect, very ripe and perfectly balanced, comparable to 1990.

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