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  • Country ranking ?

    55
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    6h
  • When to drink

    from 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Pork Roast with Sausage & Fruit and Nut Stuffing

Proprietor Francois Pinault and his director, Frederic Engerer, have pulled out all the stops to produce one of the most monumental Latour’s ever made.


Parker 100 points / 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. 
 

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The Story

The 47 hectares which surround the Château, the heart of the estate, are called "l'Enclos". Only the grapes from these 47 ha make the "Grand Vin de Château Latour". The vines in this vineyard are very old, some of them being centenarian. This "Enclos" benefits from a very unique terroir that combines an optimized sub-soil nutrition for the vines, the Gironde river which tempers extreme weather conditions, and a typical Médoc climate, largely influenced by the Atlantic ocean, which allows the grapes to reach maturation under favourable conditions.

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Vintage 2009

Many have called this the best vineyard in the world and the dynamic Director of Chateau Latour, Frédéric Engerer, is determined to make the greatest wine possible. He has the confidence of owner, François Pinault, to do all that it takes to achieve this aim. Production levels have been slashed in recent vintages with only the best parcels of vines now producing grapes for the Grand Vin. Latour has always had a fantastic terroir and now has a wine-making team working with state-of-the-art modern equipment under inspired leadership. In the last 10 years Latour has made the wine of the vintage more times than any other Chateau. The 2009 is made from a whopping 91.3% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Merlot. The grand vin represents only 38.3% of the total production with less than 10,000 cases produced. Big and black of course, with a classic nose of cassis fruit and some spicy oak. On the palate there is dense black fruit - cassis and cherry - but there is also very much a sense of elegance and class, not just raw power. Long, supremely classy and it builds in the mouth. Significant tannins at the finish. Serous and stunning. Monsieur Engerer says its like the 2000 but with more power, like the 2005 but thicker, as if it had a dash of 2003 in it. Really impressive. Wow!

Score: 20 Farr Vintners, April 2010

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
965€ +5.8% 912€ +13.0% 807€ -17.5% 978€ -2.8% 1 006€ -15.4% 1 189€ -18.3% 1 455€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

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Written Notes

Consistent notes. It was multidimensional in every "corner", chocolate, mocha and black cherries, ripe tannin with exquisite balance. Incredibly complex, awesome depth, exquisite richness, balance and length. A legend.

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Deep ruby, pink rim. Coffee, vanilla, cassis, leather touc and cedar feel behind. Fresh acidity, pure, high of ripe tannins, increadible elegance, one of the most elegant of the 09's tasted, fragrant, layered, fantastic length.
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Information

Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Grapes

9% Merlot
91% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

Inside Information

RP100 / The Wine Advocate - "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."

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Latour 2009  ( Château Latour )

Consistent notes. It was multidimensional in every "corner", chocolate, mocha and black cherries, ripe tannin with exquisite balance. Incredibly complex, awesome depth, exquisite richness, balance and length. A legend.

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château Latour 2009  ( Château Latour )

Tasted on the 27th January 2017 in Copenhagen, a bottle from Duclot (negociant who owns Petrus) Bordeaux Collection case of 9 bottles in vintage 2009. Double decanted at 3pm, we tasted it app. 6 hours later. Thick texture, everything is so well-defined here, incredibly complex, awesome depth, exquisite richness, fantastic balance and length. Stunning wine.

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 2009  ( Château Latour )

"Deep ruby, pink rim. Coffee, vanilla, cassis, leather touc and cedar feel behind. Fresh acidity, pure, high of ripe tannins, increadible elegance, one of the most elegant of the 09's tasted, fragrant, layered, fantastic length."

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Latour 2009  ( Château Latour )

"Deep ruby. Very deep ruby. Scented cassis, mint, vanilla, nose is never ending. Complex and layered as none. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, powerfull, opulent, consentrated yet refined. Exceptional length. "

4y 7m ago

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