Château Latour, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac
Château Latour

Château Latour, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2009



Château Latour, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2009


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Château Latour, 1er Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2009
Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux

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.
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Neal Martin, Vinous

The 2009 Latour is very classic in style with black fruit, undergrowth, cedar, graphite and smoke, although I find at the moment, the 2009 Mouton-Rothschild has a tad more complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine line of acidity, linear and focused, more controlled than Mouton-Rothschild but determined to exert its own terroir over the imprimatur of the growing season. This is an outstanding Latour with ineffable depth and breeding, but the 2010 Latour might well turn out better. Tasted at BI Wines & Spirits' Ten Year On tasting.
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Château Latour

Château Latour

This great and historic estate is rightly regarded as one of the preeminent properties in Bordeaux and one of the greatest wines of the world. Along with Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild, Latour completes the three First Growths of Pauillac. It has become synonymous with wines of gravitas, scale and tremendous aging potential.

The last change of ownership occurred in 1993, when the billionaire, François Pinault returned this bastion of Bordeaux to French hands. He appointed the meticulous Frédéric Engerer as technical Director, and Latour has enjoyed a period of unparalleled success ever since. It’s a marriage of meticulous, perfectionist viticulture and wine-making and extraordinary terroir.

The grand vin hails from the 47 Hectare “Grand Enclos”, the vineyards which surrounds the winery and abuts the Clos of Leoville Las Cases in St Julien to the south. The topsoil is made up of Gunzian gravel, brought to the area from the Pyrenees and the Massif Central during the Pleistocene with a subsoil of marl and clay above a deeper ridge of limestone. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant varietal (80%), with Merlot (18%) and Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot accounting for just 2% of plantings. The excellent second wine, Les Forts de Latour is arguably equal to notable Second Growths, however, demand from Asia ensures a luxury price tag... There is also a third wine, simply called “Pauillac”.

Sadly, the Chateau’s board decided to remove Latour from the en primeur market. 2011 was the last vintage released as a future. The strategy to offer mature wines from their cellars is well established now, with a major release each March and a smaller proposal in September.

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