The second wine of Chateau Latour comes from the vines immediately surrounding the château, known as L’Enclos; Les Forts de Latour, first created in 1966, and now regarded as a great wine in its own right, certainly worthy of Classified Growth status. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 94 Points – Composed of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.6% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.9% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Les Forts de Latour needs a fair bit of air to unlock a profound, powerhouse nose of blackcurrant cordial, boysenberries, plum preserves and dark chocolate, with suggestions of Chinese five spice, clove oil, violets and crushed rocks. The palate packs an absolute flavor wallop, bursting with rich, ripe black fruits and loads of spicy sparks, while framed by beautifully plush tannins, finishing long and minerally. Not at all heavy, on the contrary, the Les Forts is both expansive AND tantalizingly refreshing. In terms of evolution, it has barely budged since I last tasted it in 2017. Impressive.
Food Pairing: Roasted, braised or grilled meats like beef, veal and game, as well as dishes with mushroom or earthy, truffle flavors.
Château Latour, rated as a First Growth under the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, is located at the southern edge of Pauillac, bordering the St. Julien vineyards of Château Léoville Las Cases, and covers 78 hectares.
The history of Château Latour dates back at least to the 14th century, even though the vineyards for which it is now world-renowned were not fully established until the 17th century.
After a period when it was under English ownership, in the form of the Pearson Group, owners of the Financial Times, and Harvey’s of Bristol, the property passed to Allied Lyons in 1989 and was then bought in 1993 by the French billionaire industrialist François Pinault, whose empire was to grow to include Yves St. Laurent, Gucci and Christie’s Auction House.