Actually the 2nd wine of Château Latour is not as expensive as you think! This is a good example. 2009 was a great vintage. Plus you can have a glimpse of Latour at a fraction of its price.
Merlot was harvested between 23rd Sept to 30th. Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested between 5th Oct to 10th. In Château Latour's words:
'Exceptional year! Great concentration, extraordinary aromatic intensity, freshness and precision. Rich, ripe and mineral, with a very long lingering finish. An exceptional year which will improve for many years to come.'
We purchased this since release so you can be assured of great provenance.
'Deep and dark with a ton of smoke and earth, the cassis fruit very much in the background, this is a concentrated and complex wine. Powerful yet racy palate with an elegant mineral finish. Drink or hold.' James Suckling 96
'The deep garnet colored 2009 Les Forts de Latour springs forth with minted chocolate, blackberry pie, sweaty leather and cast iron pan notes with hints of bay leaves and unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied and laden with muscular black fruit preserves and savory layers, it has a firm, grainy frame and lovely freshness, finishing with a minty kick.' RP 95