A Margaux red wine from a great vintage
The Chateau La Tour de Bessan is a Cru Bourgeois wine produced in the Margaux appellation, which belongs to the Vignobles Marie-Laure Lurton. The vineyard, which covers an area of 28.6 hectares, is located on a terroir of Pyrenean gravel. The average age of the vines is about 25 years of age. The 2016 vintage boasts a blend of 77% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot. The plot selection determines the type of vinification, and the desired wine determines maceration. Aging takes place in oak barrels (30% new wood) over a varying period depending on the vintage.
The 2016 La Tour de Bessan has a dark, purplish color. The wine initially offers fermented aromas, but once the glass is swirled, the wine reveals all the promise of its vintage with black fruit aromas. The palate is both soft and dense with present tannins. This wine had good cellaring potential.
The organoleptic qualities described here are only valid for the year the wine was tasted. It is natural for a wine to evolve in bottle during its lifetime, so this evolution may modify this commentary.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Tour de Bessan, owned by Marie-Laure Lurton, is tightly wound on the nose and despite coaxing, stubbornly refused to come out of its shell. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, although I found the oak a tad intrusive towards the finish, at least at this early stage. I am sure it will meld together by the time this Margaux is bottled.