A Rare Shot at One of the Greatest Wines on the Planet
I’m absolutely thrilled to have secured a very small parcel of the legendary 2009 Chateau Latour — a wine of unquestionable pedigree that has earned perfect, 100-point scores from both Robert Parker and James Suckling. Parker’s “monumental wine from a monumental vintage,” is the stuff wine lovers dream of — a crown jewel that can dazzle in the near term, but also age gracefully for decades, if you have the patience. This is an incredible opportunity to own, as Parker puts it, “one of the most monumental Latour’s ever made” — direct from the Château cellars, in perfect condition and provenance. Elsewhere prices hit $2,200, however we have 24 bottles exclusively for Wine Access clients at $1,599 per bottle.
Parker’s ebullient review of the wine says it best, calling the Latour “flamboyant” with aromas of “black fruits, graphite, crushed rocks, subtle oak,” that “hits the palate with a thundering concoction of thick, juicy blue and black fruits, lead pencil shavings and a chalky minerality.” He boasts of a “finish that lasts over a minute,” and concludes that, “this is one of the most remarkable young wines I have ever tasted” — an incredible statement when you can consider that Parker has tasted hundreds of thousands of wines over many decades.
The gentle, gravelly slopes of the Médoc combined with the cool maritime climate to create what is unquestionably one of the world’s greatest terroirs. When I first visited Pauillac in 2012, I was awed by the incredible estates, impeccably manicured vineyards and perfectly organized chais (barrel cellars) of the top châteaux. It gives one pause to consider that Latour has been written about since the 14th century! It’s hard to imagine a wine producer that embodies the word “pedigree” more clearly than Château Latour. While tasting, the attention to commitment in the vineyard and winery was clearly evidenced in the glass, the craft and precision of the wines could be likened to the most finely tailored suit; expertly crafted, perfectly balanced, with each detail carefully considered — built to last a lifetime.
“There certainly was no shortage of ambition in Pauillac in 2009 with lots of really polished, refined, concentrated, super-ripe wines—particularly at the top,” says Jancis Robinson MW. Latour estate director Frédéric Engerer masterfully harnessed the exceptional conditions of the vintage to propel Latour above all others. A cool and wet start to the 2009 growing season in Bordeaux gave way to a long, dry summer, with above average temperatures. On the deep, gravelly soils of Pauillac these conditions yielded berries which were small, ripe and exceptionally concentrated. While Bordeaux has been blessed by a number of exceptional vintages since the turn of the century, 2009 has the potential to rival the very best. “In short, 2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982,” Robert Parker writes, while James Suckling says the 2009 Latour is “the famous 1959 all over again.”
In 2012, Latour’s director Frédéric Engerer withdrew from the annual En Primeur release, in order to release the wines once they are ready to drink. This 2009 vintage — a baby at nine years old — is just at the front edge of its drinking window, but will continue to develop aromatic complexity and depth of flavor over the next 30 years and beyond.
Adam Lapierre MW
Master of Wine