2004 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Aromas of blueberry, plum, leather, tobacco and mocha. Sweet, plummy and pliant, with a creamy, fine-grained texture for the vintage. Very plush wine, richer than the 2006 and at least as long. Finishes with big but ripe tannins.
Latour’s second wine is, as so often, on a level with many classed growths. In 2004, it is also a very faithful reflection of the vintage: fresh, lively and vital, with acidity and vibrant blackberry fruits very much up front. If not big, it is deliciously fresh and will develop well over five years. (RV)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet colored, the 2004 is intensely perfumed of warm blackcurrant, pencil lead, black olives and a hint of dried Mediterranean herbs. The palate is drinking nicely now with a firm structure balanced by plenty of mid-palate flesh and finishing long. (LPB)
Lots of mineral, currant and berries on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. A bit austere, but there's enough stuffing to back it up. Best after 2010. (JS)
Subtle ruby. On the cusp of tarty and fun! Fresh and lively.
74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Merlot. Closed up on the nose, but extremely lush on the palate. Tannic at end. Huge wine.