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2014 Ch. Latour + 2016 Les Forts de Latour

Ch. Latour has now released the 2014 Grand Vin and the 2016 vintage of their second wine, Les Forts de Latour. Both vintages are marked by their extraordinarily long ripening seasons. While 2014’s cooler summer produced a classically styled, medium-weighted Ch. Latour, it has been recognised by the critics as one of the wines of the vintage – praised for its overall harmony and freshness. The 2016 vintage had a much more consistent growing season and produced some of the finest wines of Bordeaux’s modern era. The Les Forts de Latour exemplifies the vintage’s concentration and depth – described by Antonio Galloni as “undisputedly great”.

2014 Latour (2022 Release) Latour Bordeaux  France Still wine

2014 Latour (2022 Release)

Latour

96Average Score
flagBordeaux / France
Red
drink-now2023-2064

The 2014 Latour captures the personality of the year in its linear, lithe construction. It's a decidedly understated Latour that is more about finesse than brawn. Bright red cherry/plum fruit, spice, mint and sweet tobacco open over time, but at this level, wines are more about a feel, an expression of place and a vintage. The 2014 Latour embodies all the best this cool, late-ripening growing season had to offer. I loved the 2014 when it was first shown, about five years ago, and I love it today. It is a super-classic Pauillac.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous  (January 2022)    Score: 96/100    Drink 2026-2064

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2016 Les Forts de Latour (2022 Release) Latour Bordeaux  France Still wine

2016 Les Forts de Latour (2022 Release)

Latour

95Average Score
flagBordeaux / France
Red
drink-now2023-2054

The 2016 Les Forts de Latour is the clear highlight among these new releases from Latour. The first thing that is evident about the 2016 is the pedigree of the vintage. Undisputedly great. Readers will find a potent, dark Forts de Latour endowed with massive concentration and tons of depth. The 2016 won't be ready to drink anytime soon, but it holds tons of promise. Hints of gravel, sage, licorice and pencil shavings linger. The 2016 was impressive a few years ago. It is even better today.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous  (January 2022)    Score: 96/100    Drink 2026-2045

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