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2010 Forts de Latour

By Chateau Latour

The 2010 Forts de Latour from Chateau Latour, Pauillac, Bordeaux

A vintage that stands distinctly on its own, the 2010 Forts de Latour embodies the excellence of a stellar Bordeaux year. This particular offering from Chateau Latour offers an insightful glimpse into the climatic perfection that graced Pauillac in 2010. Sharing in the glory of its parent wine, it nestles itself firmly as one of the region's crowning achievements.

 

Provenance and Pedigree: The Investor's Choice

Owning a piece of the 2010 Forts de Latour from Chateau Latour is akin to holding a tangible sliver of viticultural splendour. The combination of precise terroir expression and meticulous winemaking makes this vintage an exacting choice for collectors and investors alike. At once challenging and rewarding, this bottling perfectly encapsulates the potential for appreciation in both sensory and monetary value.

 

Refinement and Character: The Hallmarks of 2010

The 2010 vintage in Bordeaux was marked by a growing season that provided both concentration and finesse. In the glass, the 2010 Forts de Latour reveals an opaque purple hue and proffers a bouquet rife with graphite, crème de cassis, and hints of tobacco leaf. The palate is embraced by structured tannins that have begun to soften, delivering complexity amidst layers of dark fruit and subtle oak — an affirmation of patient cellaring.

As secondary characteristics emerge with graceful ageing, there’s a dialogue between vigour and elegance — a signpost of Pauillac's esteem. The notable fresh acidity cutting through this wine's substantial body presages its longevity and assures its place as a cornerstone within any astute investor's portfolio.

In conclusion, for those seeking wines of investment calibre, 2010 Forts de Latour presents not only a palette of expressive flavours but also a marker of distinction within their collections. With its balance between power and precision, this wine reflects both its celebrated terroir and an exceptional vintage, making it one of the wise selections for long-term wine investment.

Current market price

$3,220.00

12x75cl

Highest score

97

POP score

113.53

Scores and tasting notes

97

Bizarre as it may sound, the 2010 Les Forts de Latour is also the finest I have ever tasted from this selection, which comes from specific vineyards, not really so much a second wine as just another wine from estate holdings. A blend of 72.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27.5% Merlot that represents 40% of the production, this astonishing wine hit 14.3% natural alcohol. Extremely ripe and rich, it reminds me of the 1982 on steroids (and that wine is still drinking great 30 years after the vintage). Sensational notes of graphite, crushed rocks, black fruits, camphor and damp forest notes are present in this expansive, savory, full-throttle wine, which is better than many vintages of the great Latour itself from the past. (That may be a heretical statement, but it’s the truth as I see it.) This wine needs a good 5-6 years of cellaring and should age for three decades at minimum, given the fact that the 1982 is in terrific form and wasn’t this concentrated or prodigious. There is no denying the outrage and recriminations over the decision by the Pinault family and their administrator, Frederic Engerer, to pull Latour off the futures market next year. However, you can still buy these 2010s, although the first two wines are not likely to be released until they have more maturity, which makes sense from my perspective. Perhaps Latour may have offended a few loyal customers who were buying wines as futures, but they are trying to curtail all the interim speculation that occurs with great vintages of their wines (although only God knows what a great vintage of future Latour will bring at seven or eight years after the harvest). As a set of wines, the 2010s may be the Pinaults’ and Engerer’s greatest achievements to date. Of course, I suspect the other first-growth families won’t want to hear that, nor will most of the negociants in Bordeaux, but it’s just the way things are. Frederic Engerer, by no means the most modest of administrators at the first growths, thinks it would be virtually impossible to produce a wine better than this, and he may well be correct. If they gave out Academy Awards for great performances in wine, the Pinaults and Engerer would certainly fetch a few in 2010. P.S. Just so you don’t worry, Engerer offered up the 2009 next to the 2010 to see if I thought it was still a 100-point wine, and yes, ladies and gentlemen, it still is.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #205

96

Aromas of currants, blueberries and blackberries with a dark chocolate undertone. Perfumes and beautiful. Full body, with velvety tannins that are fine-tuned and tentative. It lasts for minutes. Gorgeous fruit and richness. Perhaps the greatest Les Fort ever? Try in 2018.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, November 14th 2013

94

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Les Forts de Latour seems just a little tired compared to the last time I tried it, offering a core of dried mulberries, fruitcake and Chinese five spice followed by scents of balsamic, woodsmoke and fragrant earth. Full-bodied, the palate has chewy, rugged tannins and evolved black fruits, finishing spicy. While still very delicious, I think this bottle may have been a bit oxidized, ergo the question mark after the score.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 5 March 2020

94

The Les Forts de Latour has a very complex nose with subtle notes of raspberry preserve, blackcurrant, graphite and a very faint, almost marmalade-like scents. The palate is medium bodied with great tension and poise, the acidity slicing through the dense blackberry fruit laced with white pepper and graphite. This is a sense of “solidity” to this Les Forts that is paradigmatic of the vintage. Excellent - although it deserves a decade in bottle. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2013

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