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

 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. *Top 100 of 2012* (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. (RV)  (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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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/8/2017 | Send Email
This was released 5 years ago and what I once considered "modern" in style has evolved into a classic with aromas of hot asphalt, toast and intense mixed berries. There is great concentration here with a middle of ripe and roasted black fruits followed by rocky soil and mineral undertones. Delicious and almost decadent for the appellation.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2017 | Send Email
I love how the 2009 Malartic-Lagraviere is beginning to show some of that textbook Gravesian minerality now that it's had some time to shed the baby fat of that ripe 2009 fruit. When we tasted this wine recently you could finally get deep into the iron, graphite and flinty notes that make the wine one of the best expressions of true terroir in all of Bordeaux. The fruit is still there to round out the edges, but the evolution on display here is what makes this wine worth buying. No need to wait; all the aging has been done for you!

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
Cultivated on textbook gravel and clay ridges over limestone, this very attractive Cru Classe des Graves continues to evolve in the glass, offering one the opportunity to savor the complex aromas and deep palate of charred earth, ravishing black fruits and well-built, sinewy tannins. A wine that will unravel its charms over the next fifteen years, but I wouldn’t deny a large ribeye the experience of today!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2017 | Send Email
We recently were lucky to taste through a fairly extensive vertical of this excellent Graves estate's wines and this 2009 vintage was a standout for many of us (including none other than Head Wine Buyer Emeritus, Clyde Beffa, Jr.) Plump fruit shows a rather sumptuous quality, with more deeply pitched mixed berries than the red fruits shown in other vintages we tasted such as 2005, 2010 and 2015. This is drinking wonderfully now, should have a wide ranging appeal to both the classicists and those who, as Clyde seems to these days, prefer richer fruit. Highly recommended.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
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*+ 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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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

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.