Review Score 94James Suckling 92Review Score 91Wine Spectator 91
Bordeaux

2012 Forts de Latour 2012 1500ml

The Collective Review

The second wine, from vineyards outside of their famous walled l’enclos, the 2012 Les Forts de Latour (75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance mostly Merlot) is a beautiful, elegant wine with a dense purple color, notes of sweet black cherries and blackcurrants, subtle background minerality and no evidence of oak. This medium to full-bodied, beautifully constructed and layered Les Forts de Latour should drink nicely for 15 or more years. Robert Parker 92 Points

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The best second wine from a first growth in 2012, reflecting the quality of Latour itself, this is not a big, buxom Pauillac by any means, but its charms are considerable, with lovely focus and freshness, refined tannins and hints of graphite, minerality and blackcurrant. Long and well balanced. Drink: 2020-35 Read more
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94 POINTS
Tim Atkin

The best second wine from a first growth in 2012, reflecting the quality of Latour itself, this is not a big, buxom Pauillac by any means, but its charms are considerable, with lovely focus and freshness, refined tannins and hints of graphite, minerality and blackcurrant. Long and well balanced. Drink: 2020-35

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92 POINTS
James Suckling

Perfumed and bright with mineral, currant, raspberry and citrus character. Full body, fine tannins and a crisp finish. Orange peel. Better in 2017.

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91 POINTS
Jeff Leve - The Wine Cellar Insider

Aromas of cedar chest and cassis led to a polished wine with soft textures and refined tannins which produced an elegant style of Forts de Latour. Reaching 12.8% alcohol, the wine ended with fresh, polished black raspberry fruits. 90-92 Pts

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91 POINTS
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

Admirably rich for the vintage, with solid plum and black currant paste flavors, allied to a decidedly brisk and racy structure and backed by plum pit, iron and singed alder notes through the finish, giving this a rather linear feel overall. Should age well, and will likely always have more cut than breadth. Best from 2017 through 2025. 11,933 cases made. –JM

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90 POINTS
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

The second wine, from vineyards outside of their famous walled l’enclos, the 2012 Les Forts de Latour (75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance mostly Merlot) is a beautiful, elegant wine with a dense purple color, notes of sweet black cherries and blackcurrants, subtle background minerality and no evidence of oak. This medium to full-bodied, beautifully constructed and layered Les Forts de Latour should drink nicely for 15 or more years.

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Steven Spurrier - Decanter

Superb colour, cassis fruit and the classic graphite grip of top Pauillacs, fragrance, precision and great class. 17.5/20pts ( 91/100pts)Drink: 2017 - 2030 18/20

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René Gabriel - WeinWisser

76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot: Sattes, dunkles Purpurrot. Tiefgestaffeltes, expressives Bouquet mit reifen Noten von Cassis und dunk-len Otiven. Am Gaumen saftig ohne Ende, mit geschliffener Fülle, Struktur und Substanz, dabei mit gutem Zug und Frische ausgestattet, im Finale wieder mit Oliven und salzigen An- klângen. 17.5+/20 2022 — 2035 18/20

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Matthew Jukes

18/20

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Tasting Notes

The 2012 Les Forts de Latour has a light minty bouquet, more red than black fruit, touches of orange peel and light pencil shaving scents. The palate is medium-bodied with good density, fine tannins, becoming increasingly precise towards the finish, graphite and black pepper lingering on the aftertaste. Wonderful breeding here, a step ahead of other Deuxième Vins . Tasted twice at Bordeaux Index's Ten Year-On tasting and blind at the Southwold Ten-Year On tasting. Neal Martin Vinous 93 Points

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