Château la Tour Carnet

Château La Tour Carnet 2002 | Haut-Médoc, 4ème Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux

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Wine Advocate #158   Apr 2005 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 89 Drink: 2007 - 2017
A sleeper of the vintage from proprietor Bernard Magrez, the 2002 exhibits a deep plum/purple color, a sweet nose of tobacco-infused creme de cassis fruit, espresso roast, and white chocolate, dense, medium-bodied flavors, ripe tannin, and impressive concentration as well as length. Anticipated maturity:2007-2017.

Château La Tour Carnet 2003 | Haut-Médoc, 4ème Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux

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Wine Advocate #214    Aug 2014 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 90 Drink: 2014 - 2024
A classified growth that remains somewhat under-the-radar (especially in 2003), La Tour Carnet’s 2003 is made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon blended with small percentages of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The dark ruby/plum color is followed by a rich, lush, round, fully mature wine with low acidity, ripe fruit and a classic Bordeaux character. Drink this outstanding effort over the next decade.

Château La Tour Carnet 2006 | Haut-Médoc, 4ème Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux

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A fabulous sleeper of the vintage, this estate, which has made a succession of brilliant wines under the administration of Bordeaux’s visionary Bernard Magrez, has turned out another terrific effort. A blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this wine exhibits a sensational smorgasbord of aromas ranging from red and black fruits to toasty oak to licorice, high quality cigar tobacco, and spice box. Flavorful and full-bodied, with rich fruit, moderate but sweet tannin, and a long, pure finish, this is a dazzling effort in 2006 that should hit its adolescent stage in about 4-5 years and last for two decades. Excellent value.

Wine Advocate #181 Feb 2009 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 91

Drink: 2012 - 2032

Château La Tour Carnet 2007 | Haut-Médoc, 4ème Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux

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A sleeper of the vintage, Bernard Magrez’s outpost in the southern Medoc has produced a blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Earthy, tarry, truffle-like notes intermixed with black currant and spice box aromas jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, seriously endowed 2007. It possesses silky tannins as well as admirable purity and depth. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.Wine Advocate #188 Apr 2010 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 89+

Château La Tour Carnet 2008 | Haut-Médoc, 4ème Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux

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A sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 exhibits a dense plum/purple color along with loads of sweet berry fruit, black cherries, licorice and camphor intermixed with hints of mocha and oak. Reminiscent of La Lagune, the texture is plush, round, generous and irresistible. Drink this pure, impressively endowed 2008 over the next 10-14 years.Wine Advocate #194 May 2011 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 91

Château La Tour Carnet 2009 | Haut-Médoc, 4ème Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux

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This dense purple wine displays notes of charcoal, subtle toast and white chocolate as well as blueberry and blackberry liqueur intermixed with hints of graphite and licorice. Dense, full-bodied, unctuously textured, and quite long and thick, this concentrated, impressively endowed wine is silky-textured and already accessible. However, I suspect its best days are at least 5-7 years ahead of it. It should keep for a minimum of two decades. One of the few classified growths in the southern end of the Medoc south of Margaux, La Tour Carnet has been owned for a number of years by Bernard Magrez. It is one of the most picturesque chateaux in Bordeaux, dating from the 12th century, with real towers and a Camelot-style moat surrounding it. A large estate, they have been making top-flight wines for well over a decade, yet the prices remain very realistic for a classified growth Bordeaux. The 2009, which boasts Michel Rolland as the consultant, was a final blend of 62% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest tiny dollops of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Wine Advocate #199 Feb 2012 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 92

Château La Tour Carnet 2010 | Haut-Médoc, 4ème Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux

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Probably La Tour Carnet’s best since their 2001, the 2010 La Tour Carnet exhibits wonderful ripeness, a dense ruby/purple color, notes of licorice, camphor and some toast as well as lots of black currant and blueberry fruit. It is medium to full-bodied, with attractive sweetness of tannin, good acidity, excellent delineation to its component parts, and a full-bodied, impressively long finish. This wine may close down somewhat, given the moderate tannins, but it seems relatively accessible despite being a 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035. Wine Advocate #205 Feb 2013 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 93/100

Château La Tour Carnet 2011 | Haut-Médoc, 4ème Grand Cru Classé, Bordeaux

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From Bordeaux visionary Bernard Magrez, this blend of 57% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot comes from one of the most ancient fortified chateaux of the Medoc (constructed in 1120 A.D.). Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by hints of graphite, black currants, spice box and charcoal. This medium-bodied 2011 reveals excellent to outstanding concentration, sweet tannin and a long finish. A sleeper of the vintage, it is a beautiful effort from this challenging vintage. Moreover, it will evolve for 15 or more years.Wine Advocate #212 Apr 2014 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 90