Latour 2004 and Forts de Latour 2006 from the Ch芒teau

by Charles Lea

Now that Latour has withdrawn from the annual en primeur circus, we can expect regular releases of wines the Ch芒teau deems ready to drink.

This year it is the turn of The Forts 2006 and the Grand Vin 2004, which is a wine we liked at the original en primeur tasting in 2005 but sadly not had the opportunity to try since. Neal Martin had a go at it in 2011 and wrote: “Served blind at the chateau. Tight at first on the nose, but unfurling gracefully with cedar and graphite to the fore, underlying sweet, almost exotic fruits waiting in the wings, then with further aeration bilberries and damson. The palate is very well defined, fine tannins, youthful and harmonious, smooth and filigree towards the deft, silky finish. Sublime. Tasted December 2009.”, giving it 95 points. He had previously tried it in 2009, when he suggested it should be drunk 2015-2035, so there is no rush, but this is said to be聽the last release from the property, so now may be the time to strike at this stock of impeccable provenance (including prooftags), even if there is other stock on the market at lower levels.

These wines are all offer pre-shipment for delivery later in the year at in-bond prices. Duty-paid delivery will be free聽after payment of duty and VAT, bonded transfers will be charged at 拢15+VAT per delivery. Other sizes than those listed may be available, please ask if interested.

Latour

2004 CH脗TEAU LATOUR 1er Cru Class茅 Pauillac

75cl bottles, wood case of 6 拢2150.00 ib

75cl bottles, wood case of 12 拢4300.00聽ib

Jeroboam (5l), wood case of 1 拢2550.00聽ib

At the same time the Ch芒teau has released some 2006 ‘Forts’ at a price which is close to the best price on the market at the moment and this looks pretty attractive. Jancis Robinson wrote of this “at life and lift and zest. Lots of energy. Not massively weighty. Tight and very fine tannins. Somehow it gives the impression of alcohol even though it’s only 13.25%. Very fine, not too chunky. Quite unusually delicate and fine. Very聽focussed! Very harmonious but much less galumphing than usual. 2012-22″

2006 FORTS DE LATOUR du Ch芒teau Latour Pauillac

75cl bottles, wood case of 6 拢750.00聽ib

75cl bottles, wood case of 12 拢1495.00聽ib

Forts

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