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. While it's drinking very well right now, it easily has a good 20 years of cellaring ahead, maybe more. Impressive.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2021)Score: 94/100Drink 2021-2041
The 2015 Les Forts de Latour is silky, perfumed and wonderfully nuanced from the very first taste. Crushed red berry, cedar, tobacco, mint and blood orange lend striking aromatic nuance. Ample and resonant in feel, yet with mid-weight structure, the 2015 is a total pleasure to taste today. All of the natural radiance of the warm year comes through in the wine's generous, inviting personality. Drink it over the next 15 years or so.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (March 2021)Score: 94/100Drink 2021-2030
The 2015 Les Forts de Latour was picked from 15 September to 10 October, commencing with the Merlot and finishing with the Cabernet Sauvignon. This bottle correlates closely to the one that I tasted blind in January 2019. There is a mixture of blackberry, graphite and cedar on the nose, very well defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, a mixture of red and black fruit with superb mineralité and lip-smacking salinity. Velvety in texture, this is wonderfully poised with great persistence on the finish. Excellent.
Neal Martin (March 2021)Score: 93/100Drink 2021-2038
On the nose you get a full array of floral aromatics, and a gorgeous exuberance. The gourmet edge that is never far away from the surface in the 2015 vintage is very much in play, along with touches of truffle, cigar box and an earthy openness even at six years old. A smoked caramel note comes in on the end, as does a hit of mouthwatering salinity. It's not as intense as Forts in vintages like 2010 or 2016 but it has an ease to it that is hugely appealing, and can be drunk from now and for at least another 15 years. 0.5% Cabernet Franc completes the blend (the last vintage to contain even a slice of this grape, as it has now been pulled up). 40% of overall production.
Decanter (February 2021)Score: 94/100Drink 2021-2038
The 2015 Les Forts de Latour has a little more fruit intensity than its peers, offering blackberry, graphite and cedar – all quintessential Pauillac – though it would benefit from a tad more precision. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grip, beautiful balance and polished blackberry and bilberry fruit toward the finish, where a tang of salinity lends tension. This is an outstanding Les Forts de Latour. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
Neal Martin (July 2019)Score: 94/100
The 2015 Les Forts de Latour is a dark, authoritative wine. Graphite, smoke, gravel, menthol, violet and creme de cassis build as this powerful, virile wine shows off its brooding, virile personality. The 2015 finishes with a burst of explosive energy that only adds to its considerable allure. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2015 is likely to require a number of years in bottle to be approachable. Even at this early stage, the 2015 Forts de Latour is simply gorgeous. The 2015 is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35.6% Merlot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.9% Petit Verdot.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (February 2018)Score: 94/100Drink 2023-2035
Very fruity and lifted with bright and floral aromas and flavors. Full and velvety. Gorgeous finish. Very pure and focused. Pretty Les Forts. Mar 2016, www.JamesSuckling.com
James SucklingScore: 93-94/100
They are picking these grapes earlier nowadays. Dark crimson. Very sumptuous nose. Massive sweetness on the front palate and then Pauillac stoniness. A real charmer. Lots of vigour and punch. Complete and very dry. Needs lots of time. Apr 2016, www.JancisRobinson.com, Drink: 2025-2040
Jancis Robinson MWScore: 17/20Drink 2025-2040
The 2015 Les Forts de Latour is both super-expressive and quite representative of the house style. A host of graphite, licorice, menthol, and herb notes flesh out in an effortless, deep wine oozing with class. Scents of lavender, mint and rose petal add the closing shades of nuance. Beams of supporting tannin give the wine its energy, while there is more than enough freshness to convey tension and vivacity. This is a strong showing. Tasted two times. Apr 2016, www.Vinous.com
Antonio Galloni, VinousScore: 90-93/100