1996 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac
Amazing aromas of crushed berries and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with wonderfully velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This wine has wonderful texture and length. What a second wine! —'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008. (Web Only—2007)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Vibrant cassis and licorice aromas. Firmer and fresher than the '97, with plenty of flesh and backbone. Dense, sweet and deep. Finishes long and subtle. A very strong vintage for this wine. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted at an off-line lunch at The Ledbury. A completely different bottle to the one in September 2006. A very deep black/purple colour. At thirteen years of age, it is evolving a lovely cedar, tobacco bouquet with touches of cooked meat, bilberry and a slight salty tang. The palate is full-bodied but with fine tannins, firm backbone, a little furry towards the masculine finish that suggests this Les Forts needs a few more years in bottle. Impressive young sibling to the Grand Vin. Drink 2014-2025. Tasted October 2009. (NM)
Very deep crimson with hardly any age at the rim. Mellow, scented nose and very sweet on the palate. No excess tannins at all, just very fine bone structure and good refined flesh in between. Rather a biddable Forts that is lighter and friendlier than many. Even a certain delicacy...! Tannins hidden on the finish.