Chateau La Tour Carnet is one of the oldest continually Chateau with one of the oldest structures in the region. It even has a working moat and drawbridge. The owner of Chateau La Tour Carnet is also the owner of Pape Clement, Clos Haut-Peyraguey and Fombrauge.
Chateau La Tour Carnet is one of the largest vineyards in Bordeaux. 190 hectare not far from some of the top vineyards in the St. Julien. The vineyard is 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The terroir is gravel, clay and limestone soils with gentle, rolling slopes.
Whole berries cooled to 8 degrees ferment in large wooden vats and stainless steel tanks. Most of the wine ages in oak (60% is new). The balance ages in large, clay, amphora.
Chateau La Tour Carnet Haut-Medoc 4th Growth 2019 Notes
Chateau La Tour Carnet is an elegant wine, showing its oak at the moment but the potential is there for this to be a great wine. Chateau La Tour Carnet reminds me of La Lagune which is an old favourite of mine.
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Bordeaux, 04 June 2020)
Magrez’s flagship Haut-Médoc estate has been producing sterling wines over recent years and this is another success. Confident and ambitious as is his signature, this combines a gourmet raspberry puree feel with tight and controlled cassis and cedar notes, rolled up with a fresh mint finish. Real precision on display. Harvest September 20 to October 10. Now competing for the title of biggest estate in the Médoc at 176ha. Michel Rolland consultant, 30% new oak.
Drinking Window 2025 – 2040
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.
A catch-all appellation that is about 60km long on the left bank of Bordeaux. There are few classified vineyards in this generic appellation and no discernible regional style. There are, however, a handful of wonderful wines that are often overlooked, great value, and ultimately are great Bordeaux.
The main grape of Bordeaux’s left bank. Cabernet is late-ripening and full of acid and tannin. The great wines have structure but finessed with beautiful cassis, violets and it also transmits the flavours of the soil it is grown in really well. Cabernet isn’t a drink now variety, it needs 10 or more years to show its best. But when you get there, WOW! Often blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or in Australia Shiraz to fill out its mid-palate referred to as the ‘Cabernet doughnut’.
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.
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 important 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.
Often the fifth wine on the depth chart of Bordeaux’s magical quintet. In the great years, it is an amazing variety to work with, but often in the great years, it is not needed. It can add body, structure and acidity but lacks some charm for a single variety wine. But in the hands of a skilful blender, it can lift a wine or in some cases, a particular site can make Petit Verdot sing a song like no other.
This year I got to taste the barrel samples for the first time. And while I don’t think 2019 is the vintage of the century. But is of outstanding quality. 2019 is up there with some of the best in the modern era. What’s more, this is the most affordable great vintage of Bordeaux we’ve seen in many, many years. And if you’ve been as lucky as I have and drunk a fair bit of mature Bordeaux, you will know that the great vintages, like 2019, are always a pleasure to drink.