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2009 Forts de Latour

By Chateau Latour

2009 Forts de Latour from Chateau Latour, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 2009 vintage from Bordeaux was one that struck a harmonious balance between ripe fruit profiles and structural finesse. In particular, the exceptional nature of the 2009 Forts de Latour from Chateau Latour in Pauillac has captured the attention of fine wine investors and aficionados alike.


Exquisite Alignment of Elements

In 2009, Chateau Latour's vineyards basked in the glory of optimal climatic conditions, affording the grapes an impeccable route to maturity. This vintage reflects the result of a season graced with abundant sunshine and a timely growing cycle—a testament to the auspicious terroir of Pauillac.


A Vintage That Captivates the Palate

One finds in this exceptional vintage, an opulent blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, complemented by Merlot with hints of Petit Verdot. The 2009 Forts de Latour expresses a bouquet redolent with dark berries, cassis and subtle graphite whispers, characteristic of Pauillac’s most enthralling creations. On the palate, Tannins, evolved yet feeble in their grip, pave the way for a luxuriously prolonged finish, ensuring every sip bears witness to the wine's esteemed lineage.

The vigour and complexity lodged within this particular bottle have charm likely to allure connoisseurs seeking stability and potential growth in their investment portfolios. Its intricacies unfold elegantly over time, promising a trajectory that many a collector would be wise to consider.


Investable Qualities Abound

The 2009 Forts de Latour is not merely a bottle; it is an artefact that captures the essence of a benevolent growing season. Its intrinsic value is fortified by its ability to gracefully mature over the forthcoming decades, possessing all characteristics favourable in high-yielding wine investments—pedigree, rarity, and exquisite craftsmanship.

In summary, those who invest their senses and resources into this wine are bound to discover that the 2009 Forts de Latour from Chateau Latour stands as a sterling example of Pauillac's prowess—a polished jewel amidst Bordeaux's illustrious tapestry of vintages.

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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.

James Suckling -, February 14th 2012


The deep garnet colored 2009 Les Forts de Latour springs forth with minted chocolate, blackberry pie, sweaty leather and cast iron pan notes with hints of bay leaves and unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied and laden with muscular black fruit preserves and savory layers, it has a firm, grainy frame and lovely freshness, finishing with a minty kick.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 14 March 2019


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. 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.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #199


Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Les Forts de Latour has a very fragrant, floral bouquet with lifted blackberry, raspberry cheesecake, vanilla and graphite on the nose. The palate is full-bodied with succulent ripe black fruit on the entry. It is fleshier than its peers, with very good weight and a smooth, rounded, velvety finish that is seeking a little more precision and tension. Tasted January 2013.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013

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