2009 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1125038 94 points James Suckling

 Gorgeous nose of warm stones and dark fruits. Full body with a solid core of fruit and chewy tannins, and a long and intense finish. Best ever.  (7/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The best ever wine from this estate (even better than their sensational 2005), this full-bodied wine offers notes of blueberry, black currant, asphalt and burning charcoal embers in a deep, layered and multi-dimensional style. It is impressively pure and well-built, with far greater concentration and length than I ever remember this wine having in the past. Forget it for 5 years and drink it over the following three decades. (RP)  (2/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 *Top 100 Wines of 2012* This has a very solid core of black Mission fig, blackberry preserves and freshly roasted espresso flavors, woven nicely with hints of alder wood, tar and pastis. The long finish shows polish, with nice grip in reserve. (JM)  (3/2012)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe, perfumed wine that has an immediately appealing richness. It feels opaque in its density, layering tannins upon fruit with a luxurious, velvet feel. The result is a wine that is almost drinkable now, but which will age.  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

90 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Latour-Martillac ‘09 has a light, lilting bouquet of dark cherries, leather and sous-bois that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins on the entry. It is very well balanced with good weight and a lovely rounded mulberry finish with touches of undergrowth on the aftertaste. Classic in style, this should age nicely. Tasted January 2013."

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
*+ Good fruit in middle. Very minerally and slightly dry on the finish. Fine aromas of black fruits. At UGC: Fine richness, with earthy flavors. Round tannins. Tasted in 2016-Just a great value 2009 Bordeaux from an under-appreciated property. Sweet, lush, blackberry fruit aromas and flavor. Solid wine with many years ahead of it though it tastes great now. A bit of mineral and earth rounds it out.
Drink from 2016 to 2029

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.