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2009 Latour - Les Forts de Latour

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
abv 14.0%
  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 90 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52984-2009-750-1A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Possibly the best second wine ever made at Latour (and I love how the 1982 is drinking at age 30), the 2009 Les Forts de Latour is composed of two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot blended with a tiny dollop of Petit Verdot, and finished at 13.5% alcohol. Juicy notes of creme de cassis, licorice, camphor, smoke and crushed rocks are followed by a rich, unctuously textured, thick, juicy, exceptionally pure, long wine. This beauty will be at its finest in several years and should keep for three decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    Ruby-red. Pungently fragrant aromas of blackcurrant and cedar complicated by quinine and bay leaf. Rich, dense and suave, with rather brooding flavors of blackberry, plum liqueur, aromatic herbs and forest floor. This has shut down since the Primeurs and will need patience. Lacks only the generosity of the grand vin but should be outstanding. And it's a remarkable second wine. (ID)
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: July/August 2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    This has purity and precision, with mouthwatering blackberry, black currant and steeped plum fruit racing along, nicely laced with graphite and studded with enticing ganache and iron notes through the finish. Sleek, but the grip is there. Best from 2014 through 2028. 10,830 cases made.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Very, very dark crimson. Exotic. Dense, powdery and so dense that it's almost impenetrable. Lots of press wine here? Tarry and liquorice and so so young! Gorgeous.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 89

    A decent enough wine, but a little disappointing. Not a lot of nose, no real distinctive flavor. Decanted and drank over two hours.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
Chateau Latour is among the First Growth properties classified in the Bordeaux 1855 Classification. The estate is situated in the southern portion of Pauillac, bordering St. Julien and the Gironde estuary. Latour is considered one of the longest-lasting First Growths, reflecting its high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend is typically 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The fruit is grown in vineyards with notably high levels of gravel and an ideal southeastern exposure. Latour is typified by its concentrated fruit and complexity. Young vintages are forward and jammy with multiple layers of fruit. Aromas include black-currant, cherry and prune, with a dusty bouquet of mint, leather, cedar, and tobacco. Chateau Latour can age a lifetime and should not be approached for ten to twenty years. Some of the best vintages include 1949, 1959, 1961, 1982, 1990, and 2000. Chateau Latour also produces a second wine called Les Forts de Latour and a third wine labeled simply Pauillac.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 672 bottles owned
  • 69 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 69 collectors)