Château La Tour Carnet 2016

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A fine and elegant red wine from Haut-Médoc

While it was not until 1407 that vines were planted here, Château La Tour Carnet, dating back to the XII century, is the oldest in the Médoc. This Grand Cru Classé boasts an estate with a total area of 124 hectares. Aged 31 years, on average, the vines are planted on a base of clay and limestone, which is covered with an important layer of Günzian gravel. The wine is aged in barrel (of which 30% are new barrels) for an average of 16 months. The 2016 vintage features a blend of 60% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.

The winter was initially mild but rainy. The beginning of spring was marked by cold temperatures, but without frost, until the first of May. The growth cycle of the vineyard was therefore initially delayed. Budburst was extensive on March 30th, but growth continued to be extremely slow. The delay was made up for, however, by the great months of May and June. Flowering took place very evenly from the 3rd to the 15th of June in dry weather. Summer was marked by hot and dry days, but the delay in veraison was made up for by the life-saving rainfall on August 4th. The end of the summer was dry and beautiful, allowing for the perfect maturity of the grapes, with the end of the season helped by the light rain of September 13th. The grape harvests revealed berries that were ripe and healthy. Moreover, the climatic conditions were ideal from the beginning to the end of the harvest (October 4th to the 21st).

From its intense garnet colour showing a beautiful brilliance, the Château La Tour Carnet 2016 reveals a nose that is at first fruity, developing aromas of fresh red fruit. Upon aeration, jammy notes become apparent, along with discrete notes of vanilla. The attack is generous in the mouth, with tannins that are present but extremely silky. A powerful, fine and elegant wine, with a balanced finish of fantastic length.

Parker : 91 / 100
J. Robinson : 16+ / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 la Tour Carnet has an earthy nose with tobacco and underbrush over a core of warm plums, kirsch and tea. The medium-bodied palate is refreshing, elegant, juicy and soft with a savory finish.
BordeauxHaut-Medoc
Vineyard
Medoc

Alcohol
14

Dessert wine
No

J. Robinson
16+

J. Suckling
93

Vinous - A. Galloni
92

Wine Spectator
90

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Grape varieties
Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot

Area
Bordeaux

Appellation
Haut-Medoc

Color
Red

Producer
Château La Tour Carnet

Classification
4e cru classe

Parker
91

Allergens
Contains sulphites