95-96/100 Andrew Caillard MW. Medium deep colour. Lovely mocha/dark berry aromas. Beautiful concentrated wine with supple dark berry/ mocha/ espresso flavours, loosening slinky dry touch al dente tannins. Finages firm and minerally. Very good. 92-94 points Ch Latour Deep colour. Intense praline/ espresso/ mocha aromas. Deep set praline/ espresso/ blackcurrant/ grilled nut flavours, richly buoyant and svÃ§ ubstantial wine with pronounced muscular graphite tannins. Lovely length of flavour, energy and fruit complexity.
90-92/100 Robert Parker Jr. One of the finest second wines now being made, Les Forts de Latour comes from the same parcel every year. The 2011 is composed of 61.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38.5% Merlot. Forty-three percent of the Latour production was relegated to this cuvee. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, underbrush, licorice and incense. Medium to full-bodied, deep, fleshy and already appealing, this 2011 should gain complexity over the next 5-7 years, and last for 15-20.
17.5/20 Steven Spurrier, Decanter. Lovely fragrance, natural purity and vineyard depth, beautifully made claret - a jewel of a wine. Drink 2017-2030.
17/20 Julia Harding MW, Jancis Robinson. Initial impression of toast and char. Dark and savoury. Unexpectedly fluid on the palate even though it has a firm framework but the framework is transparent to the purity of the fruit. Not in the least luscious. Short pile so it is firm but carpeted on the palate.
Pauillac is Bordeaux’s most acclaimed appellation, the only one with three Premier Cru properties: Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Latour. These and other Pauillac chateaux produce robust, full-flavored and long-lived red wines made from Cabernet-based blends. Though winemaking techniques and microclimates vary throughout Pauillac, producing some variations in style, classic Pauillac wines have juicy flavours of blackcurrant and cedar, often with coffee, chocolate and graphite notes. Pauillac, part of the Médoc region on Bordeaux’s Left Bank, has gravelly and well-drained soils that force vines to grow long and strong roots. Struggling a bit for water, the vines produce grapes with high tannins and concentrated juices. Nearby rivers and the Atlantic Ocean modulate temperatures, preventing the grapes from ripening too quickly. Such grapes make powerful wines that may age and improve for decades. However, in Pauillac, as in other old-world wine regions, some winemakers are working to develop softer red wines that maintain the local wines’ traditional substance and flavours, but are more approachable immediately upon release.