- Château la Tour Carnet
- Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
- 2017 - 2030
- Case size
Goedhuis, April 2006,
Wonderfully perfumed on the nose, with good structure and ripeness that carries through to the finish. Drink 2010 - 2018.
Antonio Galloni, May 2015,
The 2005 La Tour Carnet is a delicious, affordable wine off the list with lovely early tertiary notes and more than enough fruit to drink well for at least another handful of years. This is a brilliant showing.
Robert Parker, June 2015,
The 2005 La Tour Carnet had a strong showing for this cru classé owned by Bernard Magrez. A blend of 51% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this dense purple-colored wine has notes of lead pencil shavings, cassis, and subtle, smoky oak. Full-bodied with sweet, savory black fruits and light, velvety tannin, this wine is just entering its plateau of maturity. Anticipated maturity: now-2030.
Robert Parker, April 2008,
Shrewd consumers should be stocking up on this wine as it is both sensational and realistically priced. Once one of the most appallingly mediocre classified growths of the Medoc, this estate'sresurrection started around 2000, hitting its full stride in 2001, and proprietor Bernard Magrez continues to build on that success. A blend of nearly equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the inky/blue/purple 2005 possesses a beautiful nose of graphite, flowers, creme de cassis, incense, and a touch of new barriques. Full-bodied with crisp acidity, sweet tannin, and excellent definition and freshness, this sensational sleeper of the vintage should be at its finest in 8-10 years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030.
Robert Parker, April 2007,
One can't say enough about the fabulous job proprietor Bernard Magrez has done in turning aroundthis once case study in mediocrity. Since 2001, La Tour Carnet has been doing everything right, and the 2005 may be the finest wine this estate has produced in over fifty years. A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it reveals an inky/purple color as well as a powerful nose of scorched earth, acacia flowers, blueberries, and black currants. Displaying an old style concentration with modern-styled tannins, it possesses fabulous richness, a full-bodied, powerful mouthfeel, terrific precision, and a wonderful sweetness to the fruit as well as tannin. A sleeper of the vintage, it should be drinkable in 5-7 years, and last for three decades. Drink 2012-2037
Robert Parker, April 2006,
A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Merlot, proprietor Bernard Magrez continues to demonstrate a sure touch at this Haut-Medoc estate. Fashioned from yields of 42 hectoliters per hectare, it is a powerful, dense, extracted, deep ruby/purple-hued, medium to full-bodied effort with high tannin, but beautiful purity as well as sweetness. It should turn out to be as good as the brilliant 2001 La Tour Carnet. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.
Wine Spectator, April 2006,
Aromas of currants, berries and light vanilla follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Very well done.
Château la Tour Carnet
This 4th growth Cru Classé near St Julien has benefited enormously from investment from new owner Bernard Magrez of Château Pape Clément. He has produced very impressive, concentrated wines here since 2000 that bear no relation to the mediocre La Tour Carnets of the past. La Tour Carnet has 42 hectares of vineyards in St-Laurent in the Haut-Médoc - the wine is typically a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. These dry, medium bodied, classically made clarets are at their best after 5 years of bottle ageing.
The Haut-Médoc is an appellation within the Médoc that stretches along the left bank of the Gironde from Blanquefort in the south to the north of Bordeaux. The region encompasses the more famous communes of St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St-Julien and Margaux. Following the 1855 classification many of its most famous estates were classified and scored as first, second, third, fourth or fifth growths. This was based on their social and commercial positions at the time. Most of these classed growths use the village appellation name, such as Pauillac. However five of these classed growths fell outside a village appellation so take the name Haut-Médoc. Many of the vineyards which are classified as Haut-Médoc may actually also be referred to as Cru Bourgeois wines. These wines have lower permitted yields and so offer great value for money.