2009 Chateau Les Forts de Latour

Year: 2009
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 90+
James Suckling: 95
Wine Enthusiast: 95--Jeff Leve: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%


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"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.-JM" (WS)

"Very deep purple-black in color, this wine has aromas of creme de cassis, cinnamon toast, dark chocolate and vanilla pod. Medium to full bodied, rich and expressively fruity already, it has a medium to firm level of velvety tannins and a long finish." (WA)

"Ruby-red. Pungently fragrant aromas of blackcurrant and cedar 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, it's a remarkable second wine." (VM)

"The aromas are so floral, with currants and blueberries as well. Succulent. Full and very balanced, with super velvety tannins and a long and lovely finish. Frederic Engerer, president of Latour, uses the word “succulent” to describe it. He’s right. I like the word gorgeous as well. Try in 2018, but hard not to drink." (JS)

"Mint aromas hint at the wood, but more important is the massive Merlot fruit that is an essential element in the blend. The result is a wine that blends richness and power with an initially severe character. Slowly it opens to reveal opulent blackberry jam flavors, immensely ripe. -R.V. (2/1/2012)" (WE)

"Blackberry, smoke, wet earth and wood scents open to a sweet, ripe, lush, round Pauillac filled with juicy, crisp cassis and blackberry. From a blend of 65.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32.3% Merlot, 1.9% Petit Verdot and a tiny bit of Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. This wine is better than many vintages of Chateau Latour produced in 80’s and early 90’s. 93 points-Tasted May 3, 2012" (JL)