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2005 & 2009: A Pair Of Outstanding Vintages From A Top Bordeaux Estate - 03/06/2017 - Red Bordeaux

Since the 1980s the property of Latour-Martillac has been on an upward trajectory. Early on they were better known for their white, but starting in the early 2000s their red truly came into prominence. While admittedly this estate had fallen off our radar for a period, the 2005 and 2009 vintages were so beautifully made it was impossible for us not to take notice. We were not alone in our enthusiasm, as the critics awarded these vintages some of their highest points ever, lavishing them with great praise - including Robert Parker calling the 2009 the “best ever” from this estate. Hence, when the opportunity to purchase these vintages revealed itself, we seized it and without a moment’s hesitation. In-Stock Bordeaux from two of the region's most celebrated vintages and coming from a Left Bank estate of this caliber for under $50 is almost unheard of.

Stylistically the the 2005 and 2009 show the flashier side of Bordeaux conveying ample ripe flavors of wild plum, cassis, and blackberries. Despite their age both wines are strikingly youthful with tremendous structure thanks in part to a heavy dose of mouth-coating tannins. The delivery is nothing short of splendid for both bottlings and is sure to please many a Bordeaux fan. Whether you are new to Latour-Martillac or are a long-time fan these are exceptional offerings that shouldn’t be missed as they show the best side of this amazing modern estate. Both are drinking wonderfully now and will continue to do so for another one to two decades. Our prices are among the best in the market making this opportunity all the sweeter.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2005 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan 93 >48 $49.99 View
2009 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan 94 >48 $44.99 View


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2005 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan ($49.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of crushed berries, flowers and stones. Its very ripe and rich. Yet it remains fresh. Its full-bodied, with silky tannins and a crisp finish. It needs another year or two to soften but its already gorgeous to drink. Decant an hour or two before." (10/2012)

91-93 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Barrel Sample* With its dryness, this seems at first to be all tannin. There is, though, a black currant fruit flavor that shows through after the wine has been in the mouth for a while, and the aftertaste has fine acidity. This should develop well. (RV)" (06/2006)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dense ruby purple, with the oak still showing a trifle too much, this 2005 is concentrated, rich, and possibly the most extracted and densest of any wine I have ever tasted from Latour-Martillac. Still youthful (with lots of cassis and graphite), this 2005 has entered its plateau of maturity. It should hit its prime in another 5 years and last a quarter of a century or more. 90+ (RP)" (06/2015)

Jancis Robinson: "Very thick and sweet and a bit furry. Lacks freshness though certainly opulent. (16/20 points)" (02/2009)

Wine Spectator: "Exhibits blackberry, spice and sweet tobacco on the nose. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a fruity, earthy finish. Very refined. (JS)" (03/2008)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red-ruby. Full-blown aromas of plum, mocha, hot stones, camphor and nutty, spicy oak, along with a whiff of leather. Sweet, lush and plump; today I find that this wine has less shape than the young 2007, even if it's richer. Finishes with round but chewy tannins that call for some bottle aging. (ST)" (05/2008)

Wine & Spirits: "Decant this and its elements join into a fresh and juicy steak frites wine. The fruit is pretty and red, with a hint of green peppercorn to the tannin." (10/2008)

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2017

One of the top vintages of the decade in Bordeaux, and a great success at Latour-Martillac. The perfect choice for the cellar. Still youthful at more than ten years of age with lively acidity and firm tannins. Very fresh with ripe, sweet fruit. Will keep well for another 5 years at least then drink well for another decade or more. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 25, 2017

We recently were lucky to taste through a fairly extensive vertical of this excellent Graves estate's wines. The 2005, as Clyde wisely suggested, seems to combine aspects of the excellent 2009 and 2010 vintages. It shows loads of potential in its bright, focused fruit and early stage development, though the tannins seem to still be obscuring some of the greatness in this wine. It would do quite well for a steak and claret evening if given an hour decant, though I suspect that the 15 year rule (15 years from the vintage) applies for those who want to to enjoy this wine as it truly hit its stride.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 24, 2015

This property has been neglected by us in the past-our mistake. The 2005 has great terroir on the nose and palate. Plenty of structure for the cellar and a sweet middle fruit.

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2009 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan ($44.99)

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." (07/2012)

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)" (02/2012)

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)" (03/2012)

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)" (09/2012)

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."

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2017

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 ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 25, 2017

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 wouldnt deny a large ribeye the experience of today!

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 25, 2017

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 ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 19, 2016

*+ 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.