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Les Forts de Latour 1996

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Pauillac
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Mature rim. Real lift - and then quite delicate. A good package that is just becoming ready to drink. Far from a blockbuster but great balance and grace - not words I would necessarily expect to write about Les Forts. The most popular of this flight - quite rightly. Drink 2005-15

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, September 2006
Farr Vintners, 1996 Bordeaux Blind Tasting 8/9/2006, September 2006
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The dense ruby/purple-colored 1996 Les Forts de Latour is exceedingly tannic, with cassis and mushroom-like notes in the aromatics. This full-bodied wine is impressively constituted and one of the finest Forts de Latours of the last two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2018.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

The 1996 appears to be the finest example of this wine since the 1982, although readers should no pass up the 1995 should it be available. The 1996 is a bigger wine than the 1995, exhibiting an opaque ruby/purple color, much of the same character as its bigger, more forceful sibling, but more accessible fruit, a rich, medium to full-bodied, spicy chartacter, and plenty of black currants and minerals in its personality.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998
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