2006 Les Forts de Latour
FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
Variety Red Bordeaux Blend $225.00 per bottle
A beacon of regional pride and endurance, the medieval garrison fort of Château Latour (“the tower”) stands over 190 acres at the heart of the Médoc, above the Gironde estuary. Over the centuries, the tower has witnessed a turbulent history—from the Hundred Years’ War to the French Revolution. It has also witnessed the cultivation of a thriving, world-renowned vineyard, which was first planted in the 14th century and eventually classified as a first-growth at the Paris International Exposition of 1855. Thick and gravelly, the soil is planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance being Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Proximity to the Atlantic brings ocean breezes and an overall mild climate. Château Latour recently converted to organic farming practices, and the estate thrives under the ownership of French businessman François Pinault.
Some of the most challenging vintages yield the most utterly compelling wines. To be sure, 2006 was a rainy year in Bordeaux, pushing winemakers to their limits. Yet the 2006 Les Forts de Latour emerged with liveliness and precision. The wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot offering a glimmering ruby color, a heady bouquet, focused fruit, and polished tannins. “Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Les Forts de Latour has a much more precise and lively bouquet than the Le Petit Mouton: blackberry, briary and vanilla emerging from the glass, suggesting that it needs another couple of years to reach its peak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, commendable depth of fruit and tangible mineralite. This is better than some of the Pauillac Grand Vins, such is the detail and energy on the finish. Superb. Tasted January 2016.” — Neal Martin