Les Forts de Latour 2014, Bordeaux, France (750ml)
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Chateau Latour is situated in the heart of the Medoc wine region, about 50 km north-west of Bordeaux, where the legend of the vineyards of Bordeaux began. The Chateau's prime terroir, l'Enclos, overlooks the estuary of the Gironde river which, over the centuries, has given the vineyard its geological complexity and, on a daily basis, ensures a mild climate.
In the years since 1993, under the leadership off the Pinault family, the estate's owner, significant changes have been made with a view to maintaining Chateau Latour's pursuit of excellence in the wines that it produces.
The 2014 vintage cycle is notable for its early start, comparable to the 2008 and 2011 vintages. However, growth slowed down later on in the season largely because the summer was marked by heavy rain and low temperatures. Thankfully, the month of September was exceptionally beautiful, one of the hottest and driest over previous decades. This encouraged a progressive and homogenous ripening of the berries, allowing the teams to work serenely during the harvest.
The Merlot harvest started on 18th September with the early-ripening plots and continued on and off until 26th September. Further to a short pause, the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest started on 6th October and ended on 15th October.
71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot.
The wine is a very bright and intense crimson in colour. The nose is lively, expressive of ripe fruits. On the palate, this Forts de Latour is fleshy, intense and perfumed and perfectly balanced by a beautiful structure and polished tannins. Fantastic vitality!