2010 Pauillac, Second Wine from Chateau Latour, Bordeaux
The Forts de Latour is the Second Wine from Chateau Latour and was aged as carefully as the great wine. The difference between the two lies in the fact that Les Fort de Latour aged in 50% new barrels. This vintage 2010 is 72.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by 25.5% Merlot and Petit Verdot.
This 2010 Pauillac reveals a beautiful deep colour. The rather complex nose is composed of red berries. The 2010 Les Forts de Latour is a pure, fine, aromatic and full-bodied wine. The rich and elegant tannins remain thick and long. This exceptional year foreshadows a strong ageing potential.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.