Chateau La Tour du Pin 2009 is a cracking wine and perhaps the only vintage I’ll ever get to taste. For a 12-year-old wine, it is fresh. When I opened it and poured a glass, it was vibrant with its black cherry, plum and toasty oak. It was stark just how young La Tour Du Pin tasted. But I left it open for the night, and the next day it looked more mature. Offering more game meats, coffee, leather, roasted meats, spice, and the fruit intensity had dropped from 11 to about 8, so everything was in harmony. The palate of the day opened Chateau La Tour du Pin was velvety and satisfyingly long.
Buy Chateau La Tour du Pin and drink it or don’t for another 10 years. If you drink it now, though, I suggest a decant!
Chateau La Tour du Pin St-Emilion 2009, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Chateau La Tour du Pin is a tiny sub-divisions of the original 200ha Figeac estate. Figeac is now only 37ha. In doing my research, I found out that Chateau La Tour du Pin no longer exists. The label and vineyard were bought by LVMH in 2006, and the best Merlot was given to Cheval Blanc, and the rest of the vines were replaced with Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon. There were only 5 vintages made under the LVMH ownership, and I don’t know much about the style of wine before that.
Chateau La Tour du Pin St-Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2009 Wine Review
The Wine Doctor
“In the glass the wine shows a reassuring colour, a vibrant black cherry hue, with a raspberry claret rim. The nose starts off with toasty plum notes, then it focuses down into grilled black cherry, with twists of toasted black bean, black olive and ground coffee. There follows an elegant start to the palate, textured but not overly soft, succulent though, with considerable tannic structure; it feels broad and grippy, the tannins pervading the middle and endpalate. In the finish it feels long and charged with tannic energy, and it has a lovely confidence, with flourishes of blackcurrant, plum, coffee and toasted nut. Overall this is a nicely composed wine, youthful and structured, and certainly still on the way up. I think this will be fine for drinking any time over the next decade”
Situated near the Atlantic coast of France. The Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers provide its shape. Cool conditions and frequent rainfall, including during harvest time, make Bordeaux quite a marginal region with vintages frequently ruined by rain or saved from the rain at the last minute by timely sunshine.
With approximately 5400 hectares planted, it is a vast appellation with a few distinct personalities. Like the famous neighbour Pomerol, the wines are Merlot dominant and offer the silk, perfume and charm that Merlot can give. The best of the wines will live as long as, if not longer than, most Left Bank wines and often cost two or three times more.
Cabernet Franc is one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon, along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!). It is most famous for being the third most crucial grape in quality Bordeaux. But also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red, highlight aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid, but in some places, like Petrus, they are almost not needed.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is pretty special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product. This includes the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. This is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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