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September 18, 2020



2009 Re-Release Direct from Château Latour with Prooftags! Just 975 Cases for the World – Eleven Years Later with Perfect Provenance. Just 36 Bottles and Exceptional Pricing.

“…A monumental Latour that constitutes one of the greatest wines of the vintage.” Neal Martin

“A monumental wine from a monumental vintage in the Medoc… Will it last one-hundred years? No doubt about it. Can it be drunk in a decade? For sure.”
Robert Parker

Robert Parker said it best ten years ago and after tasting this wine at the chateau and at various events, we can emphatically say that he was right on. Thus, the big news out of Bordeaux today is Château Latour! The historic First Growth has released an extremely limited quantity of library stock, highlighting what is “one of the vintage's top dozen or so wines,” the 2009 Latour (100WA/100LPB/100JS/99NM), direct from its cellars in Pauillac for aged wines of unprecedented provenance! The wines will arrive to us in OWC or their original wood case (available in OWCx3 or OWCx6), with a Prooftag indicating the 2020 release. Sure, a few bottles of the 2009 can be found on the market for a little less, but not with eleven years of age in mint condition. When you are searching for the wine, be sure you are looking at wines that are the 2020 re-release. In fact, when you consider that many merchants are selling the 2009 Latour at $1500-2199 with less provenance and wine that have not had superior temperature control, the re-release price at $1299.99 is even more attractive. You simply cannot buy a better bottle of 2009 Latour.


But it does not end there, a few weeks back, we featured the 2010 and 2000 vintages from Latour. And one of the highlights that might surprise you is not the 2000 or 2010 Latour for that matter, but rather the 2010 Les Forts de Latour. It is a wine that Robert Parker describes best,
“The genius vintage of Forts de Latour looks to be 2010… better than many vintages of the great Latour itself from the past…reminds me of the 1982 on steroids.” He is correct, grapes selected for Les Forts are from young vines within the Grand Enclos and it is a wine that can challenge many of Bordeaux’s elite cru classé, including the eponymous First Growth itself from select vintages. And as the highest-rated release to date, the 2010 is one of the greatest expressions of this extraordinary wine of pedigree from the past half century and surpasses even the 1982 release as Parker suggests.

Additionally, for price relief, we are including the 2015 Pauillac de Latour – which surpasses the 2010 as the finest expression to date. It is a wine that is released to a handful of merchants in the U.S. and was poured to us at the estate - you will find very little of the wine in the US. The label says it all and bares the same medieval dovecot that screams the excellence and history that we have come to associate with Château Latour. The picturesque estate and its symbolic tower are nestled on the Gironde River where it can be traced back to 1331. We are now offering up to eleven years of winemaking directly from the historic First Growth, including exceedingly rare Magnums (1.5L). We are only allocated 36 bottles of the re-released 2009 and the wines are subjecto to confirmation.Featured Wine(s): The Re-release of2009 Château Latour with Age and Perfect Provenance

Featured Wine(s): The Re-release of 2009 Château Latour with Age and Perfect Provenance



Producer/Wine

Vintage

Size

Price

Special

Press

Featured Wine:

Chateau Latour* (with prooftags)

2009

750ml

$1,699.99

$1,299.99

100WA/100LPB/100JS/99NM

Chateau Latour* (with prooftags)

2009

1.5L

$3,399.99

$2,799.99

100WA/100LPB/100JS/99NM

Additional Selections:

Pauillac de Latour*

2015

750ml

$109.99

$99.99

94JS/93AG

Les Forts de Latour*

2010

750ml

$349.99

$279.99

97WA/96JS/95NM/95WS

Chateau Latour* (with prooftags)

2010

750ml

$1,999.99

$1,799.99

100NM/100WA/100JS/100NM

Chateau Latour* (with prooftags)

2010

1.5L

$4,449.99

$3,999.99

100NM/100WA/100JS/100NM

Chateau Latour* (with prooftags)

2010

3L

$8,999.99

$8,299.99

100NM/100WA/100JS/100NM

Chateau Latour* (with prooftags)

2010

6L

$18,999.99

$16,999.99

100NM/100WA/100JS/100NM


As for the 2009 Latour, this is arguably one of the greatest wines ever produced! From its incarnation, the iconic First Growth has been called one of the “wines of the vintage,” but what makes this small re-release even more exciting is that The Wine Advocate and James Suckling recently crowned the 2009 Latour with another perfect score, followed by Neal Martin’s 99-point ratings back in April. In addition, Robert Parker always thought of it as “Mind-boggling” perfection. This makes several different occasions on which the wine has been rated with 100-point perfection. To put this in perspective, only eight other releases from the Château have received this attention in the Château’s 300+ years of winemaking (or 150 years of reviews) – 1899, 1949, 1961, 1982, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2009, and 2010. It should be noted, just 975 cases are being re-released for the world. Having tasted the wine at the Ch
âteau we can tell you that this is classic Latour!


Additional Notes and Reviews:




2015 Pauillac de Château Latour
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants:
“We were at Château Latour not too long and tasting through the new releases, along with some back vintage selections. It may sound unusual, but it was the Grand Vin that surprised us, but rather this little third wine. While on a different grading scale, the Pauillac de Latour, is an overachiever much like the Margaux de Château Margaux and Croix de Beaucaillou. The wines impress today, it is the Pauillac de Latour that is a Burgundy in Bordeaux clothes. It is a mouthful of macerated cherries, wild berries, mulberry, currant, wet tobacco, cedar, baked earth, brown spice with a touch of smoke and pepper. With its silky tannins and bright fruit it is lean and fresh, charming and approachable. It is approachable Latour – how often do you get to say that? Grab this crowd-pleaser. This might just be the finest Paulliac de Latour to date, even surpassing the 2010.”



2009 Chateau Latour
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Tasted at the Chateau. The wine is breathtaking, a muscular Latour with a whopping 91% Cabernet Sauvignon from what is arguably the finest terroir on the Left Bank. Yes, it has the richness and concentration of 2009 but with the structure to age our lifetime and beyond, but what I appreciate most, is that there is approachability here. The wine oozes class, elegance and purity of black and red fruit and the signature notes of cassis, cedar, blackberries, black cherry rind, a touch of licorice, herbs, graphite and a stony minerality. It builds and builds. The wine does need aeration if tasted today, but there is plenty to enjoy today and into the future. It really is like the 2000 but with more depth and power. Weighing in at over 14%, the wine Is tariff free and the re-release offers rare provenance with exceptional. This is a wine that easily commands $1,500-2,100, but none of these merchants can offer eleven years of perfectly aged wines from the cellars of Chateau Latour.”

100 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: A blend of 91.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8.7% Merlot, the 2009 Latour is basically a clone of the super 2003, only more structured and potentially more massive and long lived. An elixir of momentous proportions, it boasts a dense purple color as well as an extraordinarily flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, graphite, crushed rocks, subtle oak and a notion of wet steel. It hits the palate with a thundering concoction of thick, juicy blue and black fruits, lead pencil shavings and a chalky minerality. Full-bodied, but very fresh with a finish that lasts over a minute, this is one of the most remarkable young wines I have ever tasted. Will it last one-hundred years? No doubt about it. Can it be drunk in a decade? For sure.”

99 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous:
The 2009 Latour is endowed with a simply magnificent nose with intense blackberry and cassis fruit laced with minerals and graphite, extremely focused to the point of overwhelming the sense. Wow. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, multilayered black fruit infused with crushed stone and a hint of white pepper, though it clams up towards the finish as if to say, not yet. Outstanding. This is Latour firing on all cylinders. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting.”

2010 Les Forts de Latour:
(96 Points, James Suckling) 97 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate:
Bizarre as it may sound, the 2010 Les Forts de Latour is also the finest I have ever tasted from this selection, which comes from specific vineyards, not really so much a second wine as just another wine from estate holdings. A blend of 72.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27.5% Merlot that represents 40% of the production, this astonishing wine hit 14.3% natural alcohol. Extremely ripe and rich, it reminds me of the 1982 on steroids (and that wine is still drinking great 30 years after the vintage). Sensational notes of graphite, crushed rocks, black fruits, camphor and damp forest notes are present in this expansive, savory, full-throttle wine, which is better than many vintages of the great Latour itself from the past. (That may be a heretical statement, but it’s the truth as I see it.) This wine needs a good 5-6 years of cellaring and should age for three decades at minimum, given the fact that the 1982 is in terrific form and wasn’t this concentrated or prodigious.”



2010 Chateau Latour:
(100 Points, James Suckling) 100 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate:
One of the perfect wines of the vintage, Frederic Engerer challenged me when I tasted the 2010 Latour at the estate, asking, “If you rate the 2009 one hundred, then how can this not be higher?” Well, the scoring system stops at 100, (and has for 34 years,) and will continue for as long as I continue to write about wine. Nevertheless, this blend of 90.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9.5% Merlot, and .5% Petit Verdot hit 14.4% natural alcohol and represents a tiny 36% of their entire production. The pH is about 3.6, which is normal compared to the 3.8 pH of the 2009, that wine being slightly lower in alcohol, hence the combination that makes it more flamboyant and accessible. The 2010 is a liquid skyscraper in the mouth, building layers upon layers of extravagant, if not over-the-top richness with its hints of subtle charcoal, truffle, blackberry, cassis, espresso and notes of toast and graphite. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet tannin, it is a mind-boggling, prodigious achievement that should hit its prime in about 15 years, and last for 50 to 100.” 2/13

Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer while supplies last, we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your portfolio manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,

Chris