2009 La Tour de By, Médoc

SKU #1083970 Jancis Robinson

 Black cherry colour. Smooth but firmly structured. Shows completeness and real presence and length, finishing fresh and elegant. Very good. Drink 2016-2026.  (10/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This firm red shows plum, tobacco and coffee flavors supported by firm, chewy tannins. A rustic style, but has extract, with just enough acidity to keep it lively. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2019. (Web-2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (60% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot and 5% petit verdot): Bright ruby-red. Cassis, licorice, menthol and violet on the nose. Supple, smooth and moderately sweet, with a lightly medicinal character to its dark berry, licorice and herb flavors. Harmonious acidity extends the fruit on the slightly warm finish, which dusts the mouth with tannins.  (7/2012)

Wine Spectator

 This firm red shows plum, tobacco and coffee flavors supported by firm, chewy tannins. A rustic style, but has extract, and just enough acidity to keep it lively. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2019. (Web-2012)

K&L Notes

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. An outstanding wine from a well-situated property north of St-Estèphe, overlooking the Gironde. Tasted August 21, 2011: Super delicious. Packed with plummy fruit. Cassis and red berries dominate the nose and palate. Still has great structure for aging. One of the great bargains at K&L in 2012. (Clyde Beffa Jr, K&L Bordeaux buyer) 90 points from Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Easily the best Tour de By that I have encountered (thus far!), the La Tour de By offers a payload of cedar-infused black fruits on the nose with some Pauillac-like tobacco and graphite aromas slung in for good measure. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive fruit concentration, sturdy tannins and just the right amount of dryness to counterbalance the finish. It may lacks a little length, and it may be comparatively conservative, but it should drink well and offer value for money over the next 8 to 10-years. Tasted April 2012." (07/2012)

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2013 | Send Email
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If any one minor growth achieve an incredible success in this vintage, it is La Tour De By. Medium-deep ruby in color, this wine offers wonderful aromas of cassis, currents, and vanilla. In the mouth, you are treated to an amazingly complex wine with wonderful structure and depth of flavor, excellent complexity, and a finish that refuses to give up. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house red for the next 3 to 6 years. 13.5% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2020

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2013 | Send Email
This wine is somewhat old school, but with a touch more fruit. The nose is a mix of currants, tobacco, a touch of roasted herbs and cedar. The palate shows a bit more ripe fruit—somewhere between bright red berry and plums. There is very nice acidity that gives a touch of tartness on the finish with plenty of tannins to fuel some aging potential.

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