2016 Chateau Latour Les Forts de Latour

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Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Winery Château Latour
Vintage 2016
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (12.5%)
Drink window 2030 - 2060
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The Château Latour is one of the most famous wine estates in the world. It is located in the Bordeaux in Pauillac. It is located on the border with the Saint-Julien wine region. Château Latour is classified as Premier Grand Cru Classé according to the Bordeaux wine classification system of 1855. The estate covers 60 hectares and approximately 78% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot and a little cabernet franc and petit verdot are cultivated.

Les Forts de Latour owes its name to a historic plot in the «Enclos». The wine was first labeled with this name in 1966 and constant work to develop quality has resulted in reaching the level of a Médoc Grand Cru Classé. It is the 2nd wine of Chateau Latour.

Les Forts de Latour is produced with the same meticulous care as the Grand Vin, both in the vineyard and in the winery. The only noticeable difference, apart from the origin of the grapes, is the proportion of new barrels (50 to 60%) used in the maturation phase and the Forts has a larger proportion of Merlot, which among other things ensures that the wine is ready to drink a little earlier than the big (more expensive) brother.

The 2016 Les Forts de Latour is a blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot. Beautiful dark colored in the glass with an intense crimson hue. Aromatic, very pure and seductive in the nose with ripe red and black fruit, delicious notes of cocoa and tobacco and a hint of citrus zest. Juicy, with a powerful mouthfeel and plenty of tension in the mid-palate leading to a lingering, long finish.

2016 is a remarkable vintage that you will soon forget, with wines that show extraordinary purity and concentration. A mild, wet winter combined with coolness in March led to bud break for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon at the end of March. Nice and warm weather in early May accelerated vegetative growth. Stormy conditions in the second half of that month increased the disease pressure. The first week of June was dry with temperatures between 20-25°C and this ensured flowering - the Merlot vines were in mid-flower on June 6. July was exceptionally hot and dry but soil water reserves enabled the vines to withstand these extreme weather conditions. September was sunny and warm, but just as the first signs of hydric and thermal stress started to show, 35mm of rain provided some relief for the vines, allowing the grapes to continue ripening in optimal conditions.

The harvest took place in ideal weather conditions from September 22 to 30 for Merlot and from October 7 to 19 for Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vineyard for 2016 Chateau Latour Les Forts de Latour

The Château Latour is one of the most famous wineries in the world. It is located in the Bordeaux in Pauillac. It is located on the border with the Saint-Julien wine region. Château Latour is classified as Premier Grand Cru Classé according to the Bordeaux wine classification system of 1855. The estate covers 60 hectares and approximately 78% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot and a little cabernet franc and petit are added.

History

Château Latour has played an important role in the history of the region. Throughout the centuries, many old documents about this winery have been preserved in the archives. This unique heritage shows extraordinary stability and continuity in the estate and those who have worked there throughout Latour's long history, which has undoubtedly been an important factor in the exceptional regularity and quality of the wines.

The oldest document with the mention Latour dates from 1331 and is an authorization given by Lord Pons to Gaucelme de Castillon to build a fortified tower in the parish of Saint Maubert. Château Latour then appears in 1378 in Jean Froissart's "Chronicles". This was the time of the 100 Years' War. The "Tour de Saint Maubert" was a fortress to guard the estuary, manned by Breton soldiers for the King of France. After a three-day siege, the Anglo-Gascon army seized the fort and installed a garrison.

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More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation Pauillac
Winery Château Latour
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2016
Drinking as of 2030
Drinking till 2060
Alcohol % 12.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 95
James Suckling rating 96
Tasting Profiles Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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