Chateau Latour has released a fresh batch of the 2010 vintage of its second wine Les Forts de Latour for 175 euros ($210) a bottle ex-chateau, up from 162 euros at which it was first released in 2011 during the futures campaign, according to the London-based Liv-ex online wine market.
According to the Liv-ex Insights blog, international merchants are pricing it at about 2,100 pounds ($2,836) per case of 12 bottles, above the current market price of around 1,850 pounds but below the original London release price in 2011 of 2,300 pounds.
The 2010 Forts de Latour, excluding its 16 percent release premium, is currently the third-most expensive vintage of the wine in the 12 most recent physically available years spanning the period 2000 to 2011, surpassed only by the 2007 and 2000 wines, according to Liv-ex data. 2010 was a critically acclaimed vintage across Bordeaux, rivaling the 2009, 2005 and 2000 vintages.
Les Forts de Latour comes from grapes grown around the edge of the enclosed Latour vineyard, or from bunches left out of the main Chateau Latour wine, or from cru classe vineyards elsewhere in Pauillac. Some of these parcels, like Pinada, Petit Batailley and Sainte Anne have belonged to the estate for more than a century and have vines with an average age of about 40 years, according to the chateau-latour.com website.
Other parcels, including seven hectares (17 acres) of gravel terraces in the commune of Artigues bought in 2005, and five hectares elsewhere in the appellation bought in 2012, have been acquired more recently.
Blends of Les Forts de Latour vary from one year to the next, but there is always a higher proportion of Merlot than in the main Chateau Latour wine.