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.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 La Tour Carnet is a blend of 60% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc that was picked between 4 and 21 October. Matured in 30% new oak, it has more freshness and delineation than the Château des Grands Chênes that I tasted alongside, touches of blue fruit and floral scents lending it a Margaux-like personality. The palate is smooth and velvety on the entry with fine tannin, lush and precocious yet maintaining fine freshness and precision on the finish. Its texture is nigh irresistible. It is excellent, though will it surpass the 2015?