2011 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
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.
This wine is characterized by both structure and rich fruitiness. A dark, smoky character brings out the solid tannins that underlie the black currant fruitiness and the balance. Although it doesn’t have power, an intensity gives a flavor that lasts in the mouth. Drink this wine from 2018.
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.
*˝+ 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.