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2005 Forts de Latour

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2005 Forts de Latour from Chateau Latour, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The illustrious 2005 vintage remains a hallmark year for collectors and investors, and within this pantheon, the 2005 Forts de Latour from Chateau Latour is a paragon of structure and elegance. My decades-long odyssey through the vine-stitched landscapes of Bordeaux has afforded me countless encounters with Pauillac’s liquid artistry, but it is the 2005 vintage that continually whispers its siren call.


An Emblematic Year in Bordeaux

As with all eminent vintages, context is paramount—the climatic ballet of 2005 provided long, warm days tempered by cool nights, an ensemble that meticulously choreographed the phenolic maturity and acid retention in the grapes. The result for the 2005 Forts de Latour is a wine of such profound balance it nearly pirouettes across the palate. This is the consummate expression that serious collectors strive to include within their repertoires not simply for pleasure but as a shrewd wine investment proposition.


Tasting Notes: A Testament to Time

Tasting now, one can appreciate how magnificently the 2005 has unfurled over time. The wine's deep garnet hue still holds forth vivaciousness; on the nose, there are rich seams of blackcurrant, interlaced with subtle smoky oak and emerging hints of truffle—a true Pauillac signature. Engaging further, each sip confirms that this wine retains its robust tannins and fruit core while bestowing detailed flavours of cedar and leather; the finish is a resounding echo of finesse that only years in bottle can bestow.

For investors savvy enough to have noticed its evolution, the 2005 Forts de Latour from Chateau Latour exists not merely as a tangible asset but as a symbol of viticultural aptitude. It's an investment grade wine that continues to excite globally, conferring as much pleasure to those well-versed in aged Bordeaux as it does confidence to collectors who understand its maturation trajectory.


The Collector’s Choice: A Vantage Point

In summation, the 2005 Forts de Latour stands as one of Pauillac’s most compelling narrators of that year’s extraordinary conditions. To taste it is to appreciate not just a snapshot of history encapsulated within each bottle but also an opportune vessel for adding depth and stability to any fine wine investment portfolio. As each year gently nudges this vintage towards its apex, its poise and complexity suggest an appreciable future both on the palate and on the market.

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Very classy with plenty of raspberry, currant, and licorice character. This is dense and compacted on the palate. Leave it for at least two or three years from now.

James Suckling -, April 13th 2012


A deep garnet colour. The nose has tightened up a little since I last tasted it in January. But it retains that exquisite, complex bouquet of blackberry, bilberry, damson, cedar and here, just a hint of sandalwood. It opens up further after ten minutes, gaining intensity and vigour and yet still holding something back. Medium-bodied, superbly balanced with fine but firm tannins. Very pure. Blackberry, bilberry, a touch of hoi sin…yes, something slightly Oriental evolving here, an element that lends it another dimension. Wonderful. Drink 2012-2030. Tasted June 2009.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Nov 2009


The 2005 Les Forts de Latour is another beautiful wine from this estate. Medium to full-bodied, with a dense ruby/purple color, loads of blackcurrant fruit, earth, and spice, the wine is extremely pure, broad, savory, and quite expensive. This is a fabulous second wine, but in essence, this is really of classified growth quality. Drink it over the next 20+ years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2015


The 2005 Forts de Latour (10,000 cases produced) possesses much of the same character as Latour, but sweeter tannins, more obvious and forward fruit, medium to full body, and a more seductive, plusher style, but not the great stature, richness, and architectural precision of its bigger brother. Nevertheless, it is a gorgeous Pauillac that should drink well for two decades or more. Latour is always the most difficult Medoc first-growth to find, largely because the vineyard and production are much smaller than its’ peers and because of the severe selection routinely done by owner Francois Pinault and administrator Frederic Engerer.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #176

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