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The Magrez properties have toned down the extraction and oak a little in recent vintages, but this is still a wine made in a modern style - solid weight of fruit - and really pretty good value at this level and in this style. L&S (Apr 2015)
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The 2014 La Tour Carnet has an earthy, tobacco-tinged bouquet, moderate levels of dusty black fruit that never quite attain the focus they aspire to. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannin, a fine level of acidity, more angular than its peers. “Spiky” you might say, with a pinch of black pepper towards the short but focused finish. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 Rating: 89 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Mar 2018)
Some interesting tertiary notes on the nose and nice structure and balance. Slightly inky but certainly refreshing! Lightweight. Drinking range: 2023 - 2034 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2018)
Dark red cherries, plums, smoke, leather and cedar flesh out in the 2014 La Tour Carnet. The style is soft, succulent and open, with lovely overall depth and silky tannins that wrap around the jammy finish. There is lot to like in this tasty Haut-Médoc from Bernard Magrez and Consulting Winemaker Michel Rolland. Tasted twice. Rating: 88-91 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(May 2015)
Recommended Haut-Médoc, Decanter. Rating: 89-89 Steven Spurrier(May 2015)
The Château La Tour Carnet 2014 is a blend of 68% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot picked between 22 September and 23 October, aged in 30% new oak. This feels more precocious and concentrated on the nose compared directly with the Grand Chênes with small black cherries and blueberry fruit that is nicely defined, quite racy and lively. The palate is full-bodied, dense and quite muscular, a pleasant saline tang coming through towards the finish. There is more presence here than the Grands Chênes. Tasted four or five times, a couple showing a tad "foursquare" perhaps, but otherwise a decent if not spectacular contribution to the 2014 vintage. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 86-88 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(May 2015)
Dark crimson. Refined, classic nose with pure fruit and some rather opulent purple fruit. Relatively early maturing. All stops pulled out. Strong floral aromas. Then a slightly drying, rasping finish. But some glamour here. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2015)
This shows a solid core of fruit with dark berry and chocolate character. Full with polished texture. Rating: 90-91 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2015)
Château La Tour Carnet
Chateau La Tour Carnet, owned by Bernard Magrez is one of the oldest Bordeaux wine producers in the appellation. In fact, some parts of the building, specifically the round tower, date all the way back to the 11th Century. The fortress was inhabited by the English as early as the 12th Century. It was an important fort that was used by the military. Originally, it went under the name of Chateau de Saint-Laurent. The land eventually fell to French rule. After centuries of war, the ruined property passed through the hands of a succession of owners, before coming to Thibault de Carmaing in the 16th Century and eventually to Charles de Leutken. The Bordeaux wine estate remained with his descendents. During the 1855 classification, the estate was under the direction of Angélique Raymond. The current owner is Bernard Magrez, who is the proprietor of a number of other Bordeaux estates, most notably Pape Clément in Pessac-Léognan. He also owns Fombrauge in St. Emilon. Chateau La Tour Carnet is one of the top producers in Haut Medoc and lesser appellations area today.
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