1970 Les Forts De Latour, Pauillac (High Shoulder-scuffed label)

SKU #1119510 Jancis Robinson

 Magnum. Round, ripe, open earthy and full meaty complex, cedar wood, damp earth aromas, touch of volatile acidity, soft palate and tannins, firm acidity Pauillac elegant, fruit confit and dried, at its peak not to age for much longer. (RS)  (7/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The ’70 Les Forts de Latour has aged exceedingly well over forty years. A light, gravely, earthy, mulberry-scented bouquet that just lacks a little definition due to its rusticity. Medium-bodied on the palate, still retaining a pleasing degree of freshness with red-berried fruit: vestiges of raspberry and wild strawberry, although dominated by cigar box and leather. Smooth texture, quite corpulent, as if the merlot is in the driving seat rather than the Cabernet. Soft landing on the finish. Drink now. Tasted June 2009. (Neal Martin's Wine Journal)  (11/2009)

K&L Notes

This is the second wine of Château Latour, first made in 1966. It can include declassified Latour, as well as fruit from the estate's younger vines and plots of Comtesse de Lalande, Petit Batailley and St. Anne. There is more use of new oak than with the Grand Vin, but otherwise it is made with the same meticulous care of its more expensive older brother.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Pauillac

- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.