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Royal Blue St Julien & Pauillac from THAT vintage, 2009

This is an offer of exceptionally high-quality vintage 2009 featuring just three very fine wines.  A once off, as this is the last of this iconic stock, offered today at a very attractive price.

Why Royal blue?

On first tasting the vintage from bottle, Robert Parker wrote - ‘2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982, of which it is a modern-day version, but greatly improved.’

Neal Martin, on concluding a 10 year retrospective of the vintage said - ‘Love the 2009 Bordeaux vintage. It boasts a smorgasbord of gorgeous wines, among the finest that many properties produced up to that point; wines that fulfil the promise heaped upon them at birth.’

 

Here you go: 

 

CHATEAU LATOUR

At the very southern end of Pauillac stands the unmistakable tower of Latour, sloping gently down to the Gironde river.  Proximity to the river results in extremely consistent wines, enormous tannic structure, and great density of fruit that make this one of the most long-lived of all Bordeaux.  The site has been occupied since at least 1331 when Tor à Saint-Lambert was built by Gaucelme de Castillon, and the estate dating to at least 1378.  At the beginning of the eighteenth century Chateau Latour started to be highly recognized around the world thanks to the re-conquest of the British market and the development of the wine business in Northern Europe. The aristocracy and other wealthy groups of consumers became very enthusiastic about a few great estates of which Latour was one. And that was how Thomas Jefferson ambassador of the United States in France and future President discovered this wine in 1787. At that time a cask of Chateau Latour was already worth twenty times as much as one of ordinary Bordeaux wine. The reputation of Chateau Latour was consolidated during the 19th century. It was confirmed in 1855 when the government of Napoléon III decided to classify the growths of the Médoc and the Graves for the International Exhibition in Paris:  The selection of Latour as one of the four First Growths in the Classification of 1855 consolidated its reputation, and ensured its high prices. The present château was completed in 1864. The day-to-day running of Latour is entrusted to the dynamic Frédéric Engerer. Under his stewardship, a major programme of investment has taken place. In 2012, Latour announced that it would no longer offer its wines as part of the Bordeaux En Primeur campaign. Instead, the wines are kept at the estate until such a time as they are ready to be opened and enjoyed. They are then offered through the La Place de Bordeaux distribution system several years after the vintage. The estate has 78 hectares planted to 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, with the remainder Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.   Today’s wine is Les Forts, the second wine of Chateau Latour.

 

Jane Anson - Here the tannins are beautifully flexed, with real purity of fruit and lovely texture. a brilliant wine, and one that will age well.

 

 

CHATEAU LEOVILLE BARTON

 

After the French Revolution, benefiting from the abolition of the right of bargain in France, the château built in 1758 became the property of Léoville Barton.  In 1821, Pierre-Bernard de Pontet sold the “Langoa” property to Hugh Barton, who renamed it “Château Langoa Barton”.   In 1826, Hugh bought a quarter of the old Léoville estate.  The breakup of this property was due as much to the French Revolution as to a complex succession. In purchasing what would become Léoville Barton, Hugh acquired only vineyards.  He had no need for wine-making facilities, as he already owned those of Langoa.   In 1940, Barton was forced to leave France before the Germans arrived, serving in the British army as an officer with the Free French Forces in North Africa, France and Italy.  He was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur, the Croix de Guerre and the Liberation Medal for his services. Returning to France adorned with military honours, he found the vineyards in a dilapidated state and slowly restored them to their former glory.  Many generations of Barton’s succeeded one another at the head of the property.  However, it is Anthony Barton who was credited with raising the reputation of Chateau Léoville Barton to its current international level.  Firstly, the terroir of Léoville Barton is located on one of the most beautiful gravelly hillsides of the Garonne, facing the Gironde. The property is therefore in the heart of the Saint Julien appellation, in the Médoc. Moreover, the 50 hectares of Château Léoville Barton, planted in a gravel soil on a clay subsoil, include a high proportion of old vines in order to obtain the best possible quality. The grape variety breakdown is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.

 

Jane Anson - This is a gorgeous 2009 - rich, measured and slow-burning, full of rippling tannins and good acidity and freshness. St-Julien freshness and elegance, with a punch of power. A standout wine from this property, and a wonderful showcase of the slow burning brilliance of St Julien.

 

CHATEAU LAGRANGE

 

Château Lagrange stretches over 118 hectares in a single block.  Located on two ridges of Günzienne gravel, one of which is the highest point of the AOC Saint Julien, the vines of Château Lagrange extend in one piece around the castle. At the heart of the wine estate are added around forty hectares of park and woods, as well as a lake, constituting an exceptional natural heritage. Exceptionally, the surface area and plots of today's vineyard are exactly those that were classified in 1855 under Napoleon III.  There are 3 grape varieties planted on the estate: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  There are more than a hundred individual plots with 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 5% Petit-Verdot.   The vines are on average 40 years old, the oldest dating back to 1952.  A powerful and vibrant Bordeaux wine in its youth whose slow evolution gives it great finesse. You can pick up fruit aromas such as cassis and black cherry, spicy and smoky nuances, and elegant tannins.  Over the years, the wines also develop notes of cedar, licorice and even tobacco, typical of the great wines of Saint-Julien-Beychevelle.  For more than 20 years, the Château has also been committed to an environmental approach, driven by the desire to preserve future generations.

 

Jeb Dennuck - A heavenly St Julien that seriously delivers the goods.

 

VINTAGE 2009

Robert Parker - the best vintage in decades.

Jancis Robinson -  Particularly healthy, uniform fruit at harvest. A generous flowering and hot, dry early summer. 

Club Oenologique - 2009 is a hedonist’s vintage, and it should not be missed. It is one of the greatest Bordeaux vintages ever.

The Wine Advocate  - There is general agreement that the weather conditions leading up to the harvest for 2009 were perfect.

The Cellar Insider - It is our contention that in time, 2009 Bordeaux wine will become the most expensive and collectible Bordeaux vintage in history.

 

 

 

Today’s 6-pack  includes two bottles of each brilliant wine listed below.  Ready to enjoy right now following a five hour decant.  Or, let them continue resting until you are ready to meet them – there is no rush whatsoever. The attached notes provide you with relevant info.

 

  • Chateau Latour Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac 2009.               

Jancis Robinson  MW -  Toasty and rich nose. Very plush and velvety - much more so than usual.  Rich and velvety - such an amazing texture yet with Les Fort's solidity. Very firm backbone. Explosive.  But it will need quite a time to come round. Very fine and deep.  Hint of oyster shells. Lifted.  Wonderful texture. Very tight and tense. Dry finish. Drink 2020-2035. 18.5/100                             

 

  • Chateau Leoville Barton  2ème Cru Classé, St Julien 2009.               

Wine Enthusiast - A major success of the vintage. The wine exhibits extreme richness of the fruit, with all its sweet blackberry flavors.  It also has underlying firm structure, density and solid tannins.  Bring in the acidity at the end, and this is both impressive and ready for long-term aging.  98/100                         

 

  • Chateau Lagrange  Grand Cru Classé En, St Julien 2009.               

Jane Anson 2022 - Creamy blackberry and raspberry fruits set with liquorice root, smoked caramel, silky tannins and touches of spice. Great depth of expression from what is clearly a ripe year, this has an effortless ease from the very beginning despite its concentrated tannins. High Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, and the highest percentage of first wine (47%) since the creation of Les Fiefs de Lagrange on the arrival of Suntory.  Chiselled and a leap forward in style, reflecting the advances in the cellar, which also included optical sorting from this vintage.  95/100                            

 

Special offer terms:

 

Out last  6 cases today at R21 500 each.  The first 2 cases can be yours for just R19 999  offering you a whopping R1 501 discount.

 

Offer subject to confirmation.  First come first served.  VAT included.  Couriered to your door late next week for just R140 (CT area).

 

 

About
Weekend Wines

Weekend Wines imports a diverse range of European fine wines. Top quality is always the key feature. Yet good value also plays a role. Generally we have around 500 unique and different wines in our SA cellars. Each week we email a ‘Friday Special Offer’ to our customers. This features a 6-bottle case of assorted fine wines, with a focus that may include either region, vintage or simply be an ‘adventure’. Alternately contact Robin with your interests, requests, or for assistance.