A fine and elegant red wine from Haut-Medoc
It was not until 1407, that the first vines were planted at Chateau La Tour Carnet. Dating back to the 12th century, it is one of the oldest properties in the Medoc. This Grand Cru sprawls over 124 hectares. The vines are planted on clay, limestone and günzian gravel. The average age is 31 years old. Wine maturation occurs in barrels, 30% of which are new, for 16 months. Chateau La Tour Carnet 2016 is a blend of 60% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc.
Winter was mild with a significant amount of rain. Spring was defined by low temperatures that were just above freezing. The vegetative cycle was initially delayed. May and June, made up for the delay with their great temperatures. Summer was hot and dry, and the vines were relieved on August 4th when the drought ended. Summer ended with perfect maturation of the grapes, and light rain mid-September. The harvesting weather was more than ideal from October 4-21.
Chateau La Tour Carnet 2016 has a beautiful garnet robe. The nose is initially fruity with fresh red fruits. After aeration, there are hints of jam and vanilla. The attack is full-bodied with extremely silky tannins. A powerful and elegant wine with a fantastic finish.
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?