2009 Chateau Latour Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 100

jamessuckling.com, March 2019

Dark and chocolatey with a lot of richness, but also a cool herbal freshness this is a very impressive Medoc wine that's already delicious to drink. Very long, surprisingly supple finish for this château. A perfect wine...
JD 100

jebdunnuck.com, May 2022

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...
JL 100

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2019

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...
WA 100

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2019

Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Latour is unashamedly youthful with bold blackcurrants, black cherries and warm plums notes plus nuances of cedar chest, aniseed, beef drippings, truffles and tapenade with a waft of tilled...
DC 99

Decanter, February 2019

This is still closed, although a softening of the tannins is apparent. It has a gorgeous nose full of Pauillac power and finesse, with brambled fruits and touches of hedgerow as the Cabernet Sauvignon count heads upwards...
WE 99

Wine Enthusiast, February 2012

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...
WS 99

Wine Spectator, March 2012

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...
JA 98

janeanson.com, July 2022

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...
VN 98

Vinous, February 2024

The 2009 Latour has an open and generous bouquet: a mixture of red and black fruit and touches of graphite and loam. This vintage displays a light marine/brine influence. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a...
NM 97

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013

Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Latour '09 has a comparatively exotic bouquet with macerated small dark cherries, mango sorbet, and blackcurrant and vanilla pod. There is a floral component that lends it a...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2009
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Chateau Latour, one of Bordeaux’s oldest and most famous wine producers, is a First Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. It’s located in Pauillac near the border with Saint-Julien.

Vines have existed on the property since the 14th century, but Chateau Latour first began producing wines of great quality in the early eighteenth century. The estate gradually came to specialize in wine production, with 38 hectares of vines in 1759 and 47 hectares in 1794.

The vineyard currently has 78 hectares in production. The grapes from the 47 hectares surrounding the chateau, known as “L’Enclos”, are used in the production of the Grand Vin. The 30 hectares outside of the Enclos are used for the Forts de Latour and the Pauillac wines. The estate is planted with about 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot on gravelly hilltops and clay subsoil.

The wines of Chateau Latour need time to mature, generally at least ten or fifteen years, before they can be drunk. It is only then that the full complexity of the bouquet is expressed and the palate becomes sufficiently well integrated to be enjoyable and harmonious.

The 2009 Chateau Latour is a remarkable Bordeaux blend that embodies the essence of a truly exceptional vintage. With a deep garnet color, this wine displays an unashamedly youthful character. The nose is bold and enticing, filled with aromas of blackcurrants, black cherries, and warm plums. As the wine opens up, subtle nuances of cedar chest, aniseed, beef drippings, truffles, and tapenade emerge, along with a delicate waft of tilled black soil.

On the palate, the 2009 Latour is full, concentrated, and powerful, showcasing a rock-solid frame of super ripe, grainy tannins. Despite its intensity, the wine maintains fantastic freshness, which adds to its overall appeal. The finish is exceptionally long and wonderfully minerally, leaving a lasting impression.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this vintage a perfect score of 100 points, praising its youthful nature and its potential for further aging. James Suckling also lauded this wine, describing it as dark and chocolatey with a cool herbal freshness. He further emphasized its surprising supple finish and deemed it a perfect wine.

John Sweeney from JJ Buckley was captivated by the wine's stunning complexity, noting its layers of flavors, super dark fruit concentration, and silky texture. Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast also bestowed high scores upon this vintage, highlighting its richness, pure fruit character, and immense aging potential.

Critics such as Neal Martin from Wine Journal and Decanter praised the wine's structure, with Martin noting the pleasing saline edge and impressive grip. Jeff Leve from TheWineCellarInsider.com described the wine as sensuous, powerful, and elegant, urging consumers to give it time to develop or decant it before enjoying.

Jane Anson from janeanson.com deemed the 2009 Latour as supremely Latour, with a muscular architecture and a wall of tannins that hide its rich blackcurrant and cherry fruits. She emphasized the wine's potential for a long future. Lastly, Jeb Dunnuck from jebdunnuck.com hailed this vintage as an incredible wine, displaying a ripe, sexy style while still embodying the classic power and regalness of Latour.

In conclusion, the 2009 Chateau Latour is a wine of immense quality and complexity. With its bold fruit character, powerful structure, and exceptional aging potential, it is a true masterpiece that represents the best of Bordeaux.