Forts de Latour 2010

Cult Wines Price: £1,000.00 / 6x75cl
Chateau Latour, Forts de Latour, 2010

Tasting Notes Forts de Latour 2010

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

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

Forts de Latour Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Forts de Latour 2018 Chateau Latour POA 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2017 Chateau Latour POA 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2016 Chateau Latour POA 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2015 Chateau Latour POA 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2014 Chateau Latour POA 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2013 Chateau Latour £1,612.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2012 Chateau Latour £1,740.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2011 Chateau Latour £1,750.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2010 Chateau Latour £1,998.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2010 Chateau Latour £1,000.00 6x75cl
Forts de Latour 2009 Chateau Latour £1,900.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2009 Chateau Latour £1,050.00 6x75cl
Forts de Latour 2008 Chateau Latour £1,800.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2007 Chateau Latour £1,800.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2006 Chateau Latour £1,626.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2005 Chateau Latour £2,050.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2004 Chateau Latour £1,700.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2003 Chateau Latour £1,980.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2002 Chateau Latour £1,850.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2001 Chateau Latour £1,950.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 2000 Chateau Latour £2,150.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 1999 Chateau Latour £1,950.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 1998 Chateau Latour £1,940.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 1997 Chateau Latour £1,500.00 12x75cl
Forts de Latour 1996 Chateau Latour £1,970.00 12x75cl