2009 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac (Previously $320)
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.
Mint aromas hint at the wood, but more important is the massive Merlot fruit that is an essential element in the blend. The result is a wine that blends richness and power with an initially severe character. Slowly it opens to reveal opulent blackberry jam flavors, immensely ripe.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very deep purple-black in color, this wine has aromas of creme de cassis, cinnamon toast, dark chocolate and vanilla pod. Medium to full bodied, rich and expressively fruity already, it has a medium to firm level of velvety tannins and a long finish. (LPB)
This has purity and precision, with mouthwatering blackberry, black currant and steeped plum fruit racing along, nicely laced with graphite and studded with enticing ganache and iron notes through the finish. Sleek, but the grip is there. Best from 2014 through 2028.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Ruby-red. Pungently fragrant aromas of blackcurrant and cedar complicated by quinine and bay leaf. Rich, dense and suave, with rather brooding flavors of blackberry, plum liqueur, aromatic herbs and forest floor. This has shut down since the Primeurs and will need patience. Lacks only the generosity of the grand vin but should be outstanding. And it's a remarkable second wine. 90(+?) points
Very, very dark crimson. Exotic. Dense, powdery and so dense that it's almost impenetrable. Lots of press wine here? Tarry and liquorice and so so young! Gorgeous.
**+ Big and rich. Great balance and lots of depth. At the property: Pepper and spice and everything nice. Lively, fresh and vibrant. An excellent second wine. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc.