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2014 Forts de Latour

By Chateau Latour

2014 Forts de Latour from Chateau Latour, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 2014 Forts de Latour from Chateau Latour stands as a poignant testament to the year's unique offerings. The season graced Pauillac with favourable climatic conditions, allowing for both triumphs and challenges that culminated in a creation of detailed complexity.

 

An Astute Vintage: Rigour and Resilience

While 2014 in Bordeaux did not elicit the same breathless anticipation as its foregone siblings, it held its own with discreet charisma. A vintage framed by moderate temperatures, punctuated with refreshing bouts of sunshine before harvest, gifted the grapes at Chateau Latour with graceful maturity. The resultant wine thus showcases a delightful palette of intricacies woven with precision.

 

The Connoisseur’s Insight: 2014 Redefined

This particular pour from Chateau Latour captures an essence of artful tenacity. In the glass, the 2014 Forts de Latour bestows a garnet hue, teasing with subtle evolution at the rim. The bouquet unfurls notes of cassis and aged leather, anchored by an undercurrent of cedar and tobacco – terroir-talking points that resonate with distinction in this vintage.

On tasting, it offers a symphony of structured tannins harmoniously entwined with ripe blackberry and plummy opulence. There is an undeniable tension between youth and development; a fascinating duality that underscores its investment potential. The finish lingers, echoing minerality synonymous with Pauillac's stoic soils. Ageing will extend this story to chapters rich with nuance.

When considering the 2014 Forts de Latour for investment purposes, one understands that timing is as critical as terroir. The poised elegance of this bottling suggests an ample runway for maturation, decanting future prospects that are as robust and finely tuned as the wine itself.

In succinct reflection, the 2014 vintage by Chateau Latour is not merely an echo of its illustrious lineage; it stands as a testament to the versatility and adaptability of Pauillac's vineyards. It provides an astute opportunity for connoisseurs looking to enrich their portfolio with a wine that promises layered evolution – all bound within the storied embrace of one of Bordeaux's most celebrated estates.

Current market price

$2,000.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

117.14

Scores and tasting notes

93-94

No tasting note available.

James Suckling - Jamesuckling.com (04/2015)

94

No tasting note available.

Tim Atkin - TimAtkin.com (04/2015)

93

The 2014 Les Forts de Latour is a blend of 71.4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28.6% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it needs a little coaxing to reveal expanding scents of blackcurrant pastilles, baked plums and boysenberries with suggestions of wood smoke, fragrant earth, cast-iron pan and charcuterie plus a faint waft of black truffles. Medium-bodied, the earthy/savory palate has loads of lively black fruit with a refreshing line and firm, grainy tannins, finishing on a lingering ferrous note.

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

91-94

No tasting note available.

Wine Spectator - The Wine Spectator

90-92

No tasting note available.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate

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