Chateau Tour des Termes Saint-Estephe 2009 / 750 ml.

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SP92+92–95 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2010
Wow. Great nose of bright dark berries and currant, with Indian spices as well. Full-bodied, with round and chewy tannins, but polished and very pretty and enticing. Big juicy wine with balance. This small estate continues to make excellent wines in top vintages.

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon | All Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot


France | Bordeaux | Medoc | Saint-Estephe

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Château Tour des Termes

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SP92+ 92–95 pts. / Wine Spectator (Web only – 2010)

Wow. Great nose of bright dark berries and currant, with Indian spices as well. Full-bodied, with round and chewy tannins, but polished and very pretty and enticing. Big juicy wine with balance. This small estate continues to make excellent wines in top vintages.

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Region / Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is known the world over for its exceptional wines, particularly red blends made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, among others. These Cabernets aren't typically the full-bodied Cabs you get from California, but rather medium-bodied wines that emanate elegance and sophistication.

You'll also find some refreshing Bordeaux whites and, of course, Bordeaux's famous dessert wine, Sauternes.

Country / France

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The French did not invent winemaking. They simply perfected it. For centuries, France has been producing wines that inspire poetry, awe, and wonder; wines that blur the lines between nature, craftsmanship, cuisine and art. These are the wines that inspired cultures around the globe to follow in France’s footsteps, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Semillon and more.

Yet as often as they are emulated, the magic of their terroirs can never be duplicated. You may taste Cabernet from around the world, but perhaps none as elegant and regal as Bordeaux. You may try Pinot Noir or Chardonnay from various climates, but none with the earth-bound soul and ethereal reach of Burgundy.

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SKU 67704
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Château Tour des Termes Saint-Estèphe
Country France
Region Bordeaux
District Medoc
Product Location - Location-Appellation Saint-Estephe
Package Size 750 ml.
Wine/Spirit Brand Château Tour des Termes
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2009
Can it Be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
Same Region, Same Vintage, Same Grape
RP9999 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 14th Mar 2019
Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2009 Léoville Las Cases rocks up with a drop-dead gorgeous nose of baked blackberries, warm plums and crème de cassis with suggestions of violets, rose hip tea, dark chocolate, menthol and sandalwood. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and decadent in the mouth, it has super ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and exotic.
RP98+98+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 22nd Dec 2011
The 2009 Leoville Las Cases may be the most open-knit and forward Las Cases I have tasted to date. Analytically, it is high in tannin and the alcohol is 13.8%, nearly a record at this estate. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc was showing brilliantly at the 2009 tasting I did in Hong Kong and at a later tasting. It boasts an inky/purple color, monumental concentration and lots of sweet, jammy black currant, black cherry and kirsch fruit intermixed with crushed rock and mineral notes. As always, proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon has built a massive wine with exceptional precision, unbelievable purity and aging potential of 40-50 years. I was surprised by the lusciousness of this cuvee on several occasions, and how much more forward it is given the fact that Las Cases can often be forebodingly backward and in need of 10–15 years of cellaring (at age 30, the 1982 is still a baby in terms of development!). The super-concentrated 2009 needs another 5–7 years before additional nuances emerge. This is a brilliant, full-throttle St.-Julien.
WE9898 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2012
A beautifully structured wine, with its tannins layered between the ripest black plums, damsons and black currants. It is opulent while remaining dense, concentrated and very serious. Certainly a wine for long-term aging.
SP9898 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2012
This is gorgeously layered with cassis bush, anise, roasted fig and plum reduction notes all framed by racy espresso and graphite. Very deep and very long, with terrific intensity on the finish thanks to razor cut from the seemingly endless iron spine. With its purity and precision, this mineral-driven Cabernet should cruise for two decades. Best from 2020 through 2035. 14,165 cases made.
ST95+95+ pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Jul/Aug 2012
Brilliant medium ruby. Brooding, medicinal aromas of cassis, blueberry, exotic spices and sexy oak. Large-scaled, dense and deep, with superconcentrated dark fruit and spice flavors given definition by strong acidity. Hugely rich but impeccably balanced Saint-Julien wine with a great, slowly building finish featuring a boatload of harmonious, noble, fully ripe tannins. This endless, subtle wine is at first growth level in 2009.
ST94+94–97 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - May/Jun 2010
Purple ruby. Initially closed nose opens slowly with air to reveal blackcurrant, blueberry, tobacco and minerals. Then remarkably supple and pliant in the mouth, with extremely sweet red and black fruit flavors complicated by graphite, tobacco and minerals. The youthful, building tannins start silky-smooth, then become a bit aggressive on the long, complex finish. Compared to Latour, whose vineyards lie practically next door, this has a much softer texture and is very much Saint-Julien, though over time it may toughen up and shut down. This wine reminded me of the excellent ’66, but despite such high praise, I’m not sure it’s that much better than the excellent ’08 made here. Las Cases’s reputation is built on some of Bordeaux’s finest cabernet sauvignon of all, but Delon told me that he felt it needed a touch more merlot than usual in the final blend this year. “While normally it can do with very little merlot, not this year,” said Delon. “The merlot adds a touch of charm that is lovely.”

France | Bordeaux | Medoc | Saint-Julien


Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

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RP9999 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Dec 2014
The 2009 Mouton-Rothschild is as concentrated as the 2010, but it presents itself in a more consumer-friendly, seductive style. Opulently textured and full-bodied with gorgeous levels of crème de cassis, melted licorice, espresso roast and chocolate, it possesses high but sweet, velvety tannins, massive body, and fabulous purity as well as length. This could turn out to be a candidate for perfection in another 8–10 years. It will drink well for 30–50 years, but will always be much more approachable and charming than its 2010 counterpart.
VN98+98+ pts. - Vinous - May 2016
The 2009 Mouton Rothschild is exceptionally beautiful. A huge, powerful wine, the 2009 possesses stunning richness and radiance, with plenty of underlying structure to support all of that exuberance. Smoke, grilled herbs, tobacco and incense give the 2009 much of its exotic, captivating personality. Seamless, opulent, yet with terrific freshness, the 2009 is sure to thrill those fortunate to own it for several decades. In a word: dazzling. The blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot. Harvest took place between September 23 and October 6 in a year marked with dry weather, higher than average temperatures and generous sunshine.
SP9898 pts. - Wine Spectator - May 11, 2017
This will always be a great contrast to the dark power of the 2010, sporting lush layers of fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture, carried by velvety tannins, flowing through a long, anise-, tobacco- and cocoa-fueled finish. Not shy on grip, but much rounder and plusher in feel. Hard to resist now, but there’s absolutely no rush.—Non-blind Mouton-Rothschild vertical (March 2017). Best from 2020 through 2050. 16,000 cases made. (James Molesworth)
SP9898 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2012
This is pure, unadulterated Cabernet, with a gorgeously creamy mouthfeel to the beam of cassis that’s backed by extra layers of cherry eau de vie, red licorice and raspberry ganache. Obviously dense but amazingly supple, with terrific length supported by a classic, iron-fueled spine. This has power if it needs it, but it’s all about length. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2020 through 2040.
ST97+97+ pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Jul/Aug 2012
Opaque, almost impenetrable purple-ruby. Closed nose hints at ripe dark plum, cassis, violet, coffee, minerals and ink. Opulent flavors of blackcurrant, minerals and herbs are pure and clean, with harmonious acidity lifting and extending them on the very long, rich, suave finish. This wine has improved considerably since the Primeurs. In fact, this is even more true of the 2010, which makes me think that Mouton may now require extra patience and leeway when it’s tasted during the spring following the harvest. Another stellar wine for this property.
WE9696 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 2/1/2012
The purest Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, with dark chocolate and intense dark berry flavors. The tannins are so enveloped by the fruit and yet they promise great aging. At this stage, wood shows through the fruit, but the texture is so rich and opulent that it should easily become integrated.

France | Bordeaux | Medoc | Pauillac


Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

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JS9393 pts. - - Wednesday, March 3, 2021
An elegant nose of dark fruit, wood, orange peel, dark chocolate and some herbs. It’s full-bodied with elegant tannins. Juicy and well balanced with a flavorful finish. Lovely length. Try after 2023.
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jan 28, 2021
Alluring, with a hint of black tea that gives way quickly to dark plum and cherry preserve flavors lined with charcoal, tobacco and sweet bay leaf nuances. Puts on weight as it sits in the glass too, which always bodes well. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2031. 7,500 cases made. (James Molesworth)
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2021
The 2018 Tour de Termes is bold, inky and super-expressive. Crème de cassis, lavender, spice and menthol all meld together in this decidedly juicy Saint-Estèphe Cru Bourgeois. Tour des Termes is not terribly complex, but it more than makes up for that with its open-knit personality and sheer allure. The 2018 has come together beautifully over the last two years. (Antonio Galloni)

France | Bordeaux | Medoc | Saint-Estephe


Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon


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