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Château Latour, Les Forts De Latour, 2017 - 300cl

Château Latour, Les Forts De Latour, 2017 - 300cl

Château Latour | Bordeaux, France | 300cl
  • Red Still
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Regular price £728.00
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Château Latour is situated in the heart of the Médoc wine region, about 50 km north-west of Bordeaux, where the legend of Bordeaux vineyards began. The Château’s prime terroir, l’Enclos, overlooks the Gironde Estuary which over the centuries, has given the vineyard its geological complexity and, on a daily basis, ensures a mild climate. In the years since 1993, under the leadership of the Pinault family, the estate’s owner, significant changes have been made with a view to maintaining Château Latour’s pursuit of excellence in the wines that it produces.

Notes on the 2017 vintage
Following a cold and dry winter, mild weather in March led to bud break occurring near to the normal time, on 29th March for the Merlot and 3rd April for the Cabernet Sauvignon. Significant differences in day- and night-time temperatures were noticeable in April, which, along with the lack of rainfall, encouraged an even and regular development of the vines. However, two nights of spring frost on 27th and 28th April affected 2.6 hectares at Château Latour, mainly on plots outside of the Enclos used to make the Pauillac. Rainfall in May was concentrated over only 9 days and this, coupled with early-summer heat, led to an early flowering which took place quickly and evenly in sunny conditions. The first three weeks of June were dry. The dry and moderately hot summer of 2017 with its cool early mornings enabled the grapes to ripen evenly. Rainfall in the first couple of weeks of September did not compromise the crop and harvest went ahead in near perfect conditions.

What the critics say:

95/100James Suckling

"Juicy and spicy with fresh tobacco, redcurrants and crushed stone character. Medium to full body. Medium velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Will age beautifully as well. Better after 2026."

94/100Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"The 2017 Les Forts de Latour has a stupendous bouquet with blackberry, bilberry and oyster shell aromas, very well defined and focused and to be honest, much more intense than I was expecting. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, so elegant and poised with delicate touches of graphite and cracked black pepper towards the pixelated finish. What an outstanding, over­performing Les Forts de Latour."

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Château Latour

The rich tapestry of Château Latour's history, where centuries-old traditions harmonise with modern winemaking finesse, has roots dating back to the 14th century, witnessing the evolution of winemaking techniques and passing down a legacy of craftsmanship.

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