2003 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac

Deep brilliant purple colour with a strikingly rich herbaceous and cinnamon essenced aroma. In the mouth there is a wonderfully enticing, almost gamy character supported by sweet black fruit flavours. This is a tremendously concentrated wine with an incredible weight of fruit which truly expresses the wine's origins. Full and flavoursome.

Critic score
92.5/100
Pricing
Double Magnum
From a client
1 available
£730.39
Double Magnum
From a client
1 available
£730.39
Double Magnum
From a client
1 available
£730.39

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    70% Cabernet Sauvignon
    30% Merlot
  • Maturity
    Ready 2012 - 2022
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Double Magnum (300cl.)
2003 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac

TASTING NOTES

Beautiful aromas of berry, currant and toasted oak. Intense currant character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, intense finish. This is very structured and superclean. Excellent stuff. The second wine of Latour. Best after 2011. 7,000 cases made.

James Suckling, Wine Spectator (January 2006)
93/100

The 2003 Les Forts de la Tour possesses a dense ruby/plum/purple color in addition to notions of cold steel, lead pencil shavings, and creme de cassis. Full-bodied, opulent, heady, rich, and lush, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years. What can one say about proprietor Francois Pinault and his manager, Frederic Engerer? A strong argument can be made that in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, Latour produced the wine of the vintage, although it has plenty of competition in the Northern Medoc in 2003. Moreover, the bargains are the estate’s least expensive cuvee, Pauillac, followed by Les Forts de Latour, Latour’s second wine which continues to increase in quality.

Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate, Issue #164
92/100