2011 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
There is weight, richness and firm spice flavor here. The wine has a juicy character along with firm tannins. It shows the pure fruit freshness of the vintage, with a little extra weight.
This wine is sleek, velvety, caressing even, with no angles at all, offering pure cherry preserves and floral notes, with a long, cassis-infused finish that expands nicely as this airs. Tasted non-blind.
This is really excellent. Love the nose of minerals, violets and berries. Full body, with super fine tannins and a long, long finish. Slightly lean but seamless tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(61.5% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 3% petit verdot and 0.5% cabernet franc; IPT 84; 43% of the estate's total production; 13.1% alcohol): Deep ruby-purple. Coffee, graphite and chocolate frame ripe cassis on the nose: very merlot! Pure, clean, nicely texture flavors of blackcurrant and savory spices. Finishes velvety and long, but with a touch of warmth.
*½+ Red currant and cassis aromas. Very rich and deep, with lots of power. Focused, intense. A bit more closed than the Pauillac de Latour. Firm tannins. 91-93 points.