Chateau LaTour Martillac 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
#69 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012
This wine is dark purple in color. The nose reveals notes of toasted bread and smoke, with spices and blackberries. In the mouth, it is deep and develops on the ripe tannins.
Blend: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
The 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."
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. Best from 2013 through 2022."
Chateau LaTour Martillac Winery
The tower, beautifully gracing the main courtyard, gave its name to the estate; it is the only trace left of a small fortified castle built in the 12th century by Montesquieu's forefathers. Edouard Kressmann showed some interest for this growth as early as 1871, when he settled in Bordeaux as a wine merchant.
The oldest part of the vineyard, grafted in 1884, still displays the whole range of the white grape varieties that Edouard loved. Alfred, Edouard's eldest son, bought the estate in 1929. The present label, designed by Alfred's son, Jean with gold and black wide oblique stripes, was adopted in 1934; it was inaugurated on a 1929 bottle served in 1936 for His Majesty George VI's coronation. In 1955 Jean inherits the estate which he had managed since 1940 for his father. Tristan and Loïc, two of his sons, have now taken over. With the advice of some of the best consultants in Bordeaux, they take it to heart to carry on improving the quality of those great wines, classified in red as well as in white. Alfred Kressmann Alfred Tristan and Loïc, his two youngest sons, have now taken over. After a thorough renovation of the chais in 1989, Tristan (overall management) and Loïc (technical management) strive to keep alive a family tradition which will always sacrifice yield for quality. With the advice of some of the best consultants in Bordeaux, they set their hearts on continuously improving the quality of those great wines, classed growth in both colours. The white wines are surprisingly delicate, complex and can be kept for quite a long time, revealing a beautiful evolution. The red wines, like all great Pessac-Leognan wines, are pure harmony, elegance and finesse. View all Chateau LaTour Martillac Wines
About Pessac-LeognanView a map of Pessac-Leognan wineries (PEH-sak lay-ohn-yawn)
One of the top appellations within Graves, Pessac-Léognan is home to the only Graves chateau listed as a first growth in the 1855 Médoc classification – Chateau Haut-Brion. In fact, praise for the chateau dates back to the days of Thomas Jefferson, when, upon visiting the chateau in 1787, he bought 125 bottles for his cellar in Virginia.
The majority of wines made here are red, but Pessac-Léognan is also known for producing some of the finest dry white wines of Bordeaux. Many of the top chateau, like Chateau Haut Brion and Chateau Mission Haut Brion, produce top-quality whites alongside their red. Other Chateaux, like Smith Haut Lafite and Carbonnieux, are better known for their distinguished white wines than reds. Both colors of wine from this region have the specific tastes of the gravelly soil where it's grown.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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