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Latour 2009 Ex-Chateau (750ML)

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100 JD / 100 WI / 100 WA / 100 JS / 100 FS / 100 WCI / 99 VM / 99 DE / 99 WS / 99 WE / 98 JA / 19+ JR

An incredible wine in every way, the 2009 Château Latour displays the ripe, sexy style of the vintage while still offering classic Latour power, density, and regalness. Currants, spicy wood, smoked tobacco, graphite, and ample minerality all define the bouquet, and it's full-bodied, with incredible density, perfectly integrated, ripe, polished tannins, and a finish that leaves no doubt about the insane quality of this wine. Based on 91.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.7% Merlot, and checking in at 13.7% alcohol, it's drinking brilliantly today given its incredible texture and balance, and I suspect it has another 50-60 years of prime drinking. This is as good a Bordeaux as I've had and is as good as wine gets. - Jeb Dunnuck

A blend of 91.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.7% Merlot, the opaque garnet-black colored 2009 Latour prances from the glass with showy notes of black cherry preserves, blueberry pie, and black currant jelly, leading to an undercurrent of camphor, clove oil, and cinnamon toast. The medium to full-bodied palate is decadently stacked with black and blue fruit layers, framed by super-plush tannins and jaw-dropping tension, culminating in a fragrant finish that just goes on and on. It’s flat-out delicious right now but promises to reward the patient.- Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Independent

A blend of 91.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.7% Merlot with just under 14% natural alcohol, the 2009 Latour is basically a clone of the super 2003, only more structured and potentially more massive and long lived. An elixir of momentous proportions, it boasts a dense purple color as well as an extraordinarily flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, graphite, crushed rocks, subtle oak and a notion of wet steel. It hits the palate with a thundering concoction of thick, juicy blue and black fruits, lead pencil shavings and a chalky minerality. Full-bodied, but very fresh with a finish that lasts over a minute, this is one of the most remarkable young wines I have ever tasted. Will it last one-hundred years? No doubt about it. Can it be drunk in a decade? For sure. - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

A breathtaking combination of dried flowers and minerals, with dark fruits such as currants and blackberries. Full-bodied, with fabulous fruit concentration, yet its compacted. Velvety tannins. So much fruit and beauty. It's the quality of the tannins that are magic. It is the famous 1959 all over again. Amazing. Try in 2022. - James Suckling

Deep dark ruby garnet colour with purple reflections, subtle brightening on the rim. Delicate floral background of small black berries, a hint of precious wood, delicate nougat and caramel, ripe blackberry and cassis confit, tobacco touch, very multi-faceted bouquet. Complex, powerful, very juicy, fully ripe heart cherries, great fruit sweetness, ripe, supporting tannins, already shows an enormous length, appears cool and fresh on the finish, lingers for minutes, mineral nuances on the finish, has an enormous aromatic intensity. Already accessible, but better to wait.-Falstaff
You can sense the ripeness of the sunny vintage in the nose, with its joyous red berries, tobacco leaf, oyster shell, vanilla smoke, mint, cigar box and dark chocolate. Sensuous on the palate, with silky tannins and sweet, ripe, pure fruits, the wine is all power, grace, symmetry and elegance. This is a sexy vintage of Latour that you can really feel, as the wine rests and expands on your palate. Yes this is young. So if you are going to open a bottle, give it 2-3 hours of air, or wait another decade. This is one of the memorable tasting experiences that was impossible to spit.-Jeff Leve, Wine Cellar Insider

The 2009 Latour is endowed with a simply magnificent nose with intense blackberry and cassis fruit laced with minerals and graphite, extremely focused to the point of overwhelming the sense. Wow. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, multilayered black fruit infused with crushed stone and a hint of white pepper, though it clams up towards the finish as if to say, not yet. Outstanding. This is Latour firing on all cylinders. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 

The hot, dry summer of 2009 produced a somewhat burly wine that seems riper and almost sweeter than the 2010 vintage, although it lacks a bit of the tension and freshness of the 2010. The result is fleshy and dense, with an almost fearsome depth of flavour. The texture suggests that this wine has the substance to age for decades, while the approachable character means that it should open up before the 2010 vintage. In 2009, the picking lasted from 23rd September through to 10th October, and the final blend was over 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance being Merlot; neither Cabernet Franc nor Petit Verdot made an appearance in the grand vin.-Charles Curtis MW, Decanter

This seems to come full circle, with a blazing iron note and mouthwatering acidity up front leading to intense, vibrant cassis, blackberry and cherry skin flavors that course along, followed by the same vivacious minerality that started things off. The tobacco, ganache and espresso notes seem almost superfluous right now, but they'll join the fray in due time. The question is, can you wait long enough? Best from 2020 through 2040. - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

A big, powerful wine that sums up the richness of the vintage. It is densely fruity, spicy with an enormous black plum and berry fruit character to go with the acidity. It's concentrated while still showing such wonderfully pure fruit. The aging potential is immense.-Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

This is supremely Latour, muscular, deeply rooted, with a wall of tannins hiding the rich blackcurrant, cassis and black cherry fruits. Feels the youngest of the five First Growth 2009s we are tasting, like it is barely getting going, with the focus on subdued power at this point. Chewy tannins, concentrated and sculpted, with a muscular architecture, fully expressing the powerful terroir of this spot in southern Pauillac. Will take its time, with a long future ahead – absolutely confirming the excellence of my tasting of this wine a year ago, although far more closed than the other wines in this lineup – be sure to really give it time in a carafe if drinking any time soon. A day with the bottle open but not carafed would not be insane.100% new oak, Penelope Godefroy vineyard director, Frederic Engerer director.-Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux

Very fine indeed. The long-lived minerality and structure of Latour allied admirably with the ripeness of 2009. A surefire winner.-Jancis Robinson


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