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2009 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac 2018 Ex-Chateau Release

SKU #1397237 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Deep and dark with a ton of smoke and earth, the cassis fruit very much in the background, this is a concentrated and complex wine. Powerful yet racy palate with an elegant mineral finish. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 2009 had a very hot, dry summer with a little rain in mid to late September. The wines are rich, opulent and generously fruited, approachable when young, though they have the substance to age beautifully. This is no exception. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Les Forts de Latour is very spicy on the nose, strutting star anise, fenugreek and cumin seed notions over a core of crème de cassis, violets, plum preserves and blueberry compote with a waft of camphor. The palate is full-bodied, rich, opulent and wonderfully velvety in the mouth with a very long, multilayered finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Les Forts de Latour shows the richness of the vintage in its dark, slightly roasted flavors. Ample and sumptuous in the glass, the 2009 drinks well now, but it also gives the impression of limited upside, so I would not hang on to it for more than a handful of years. Mocha, espresso, dark fruit and spices add to a feeling of weight and power. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2016)

90-91 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2009 Forts de Latour is the spitting image of the grand vin, as it is deep, pure complex, broad-shouldered and quite structured. The bouquet is a very fine, quite reserved mélange of black cherries, dark berries, tobacco leaf, a great base of complex, gravelly soil tones and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tight, with a rock solid core of fruit, plenty of ripe tannins, very good acidity for the vintage and a very long, firm and classy finish. A superb Forts de Latour in the making 90-91+ Inner quote mark (9/2017)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. (ST) 90+ Inner quote mark (7/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Particularly deep crimson. Pretty lustrous. Intense, sweet, polished and worked. Definitely expresses the vintage though it has less obvious tannins than many. Already easily broachable – is it dangerously evolved? Some heat on the end. (JR) 17/20 points Inner quote mark (2/2019)

K&L Notes

96 points, Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2009 Les Forts de Latour is engaging and quite complex on the nose with blackberry, bilberry, hints of brine and freshly rolled tobacco, all very well delineated and gaining vigor with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but firm tannin that frame layers of black fruit laced with pencil lead and tobacco, very convincing on the finish that has one of the longest lengths of any Pauillac in this flight. Excellent. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting." (03/2019)

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