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Bernard Magrez Chateau La Tour Carnet 2018

Bordeaux

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HK$288   each
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Made from a blend of 60% and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Château La Tour Carnet 2018 seduces with an expression that reflects the identity of Haut-Médoc in a vintage bearing the signature of Bernard Magrez.

Château La Tour Carnet is a Left Bank Haut-Médoc estate and one of the 10 châteaux designated as Fourth Growths in the 1855 Bordeaux classification. The estate and some of the structures of the château date back to the 12th Century. La Tour Carnet makes both red and white Bordeaux blends but only the red wines carry Haut-Médoc on the label – the white carries the broader Bordeaux Blanc AOC.

In 1999, Carnet was bought by businessman Bernard Magrez who owns a number of wine labels in and out of Bordeaux, including Pessac-Léognan winery Château Pape Clément. Magrez increased the property size of Carnet as well as the percentage of Merlot in the vineyards.

Critic awards

The vineyards surrounding the 12th-century castle have produced this rich and densely structured wine. Powerful tannins give a smoky character to the ripe, black-plum fruits. It definitely needs aging, so drink from 2026.

— 93 points, Wine Enthusiast

Blueberries, plums and blackberries, as well as herbal notes. It’s medium-to full-bodied with solid, tight tannins. Fine texture with pleasant acidity and a nice grain. Blackcurrant and light tar in the aftertaste. Try after 2024.

— 92 points, James Suckling

Lots of impressive cassis and currant fruit as well as tobacco, lead pencil, new leather, and spice notes emerge from the 2018 Château Tour Carnet. It’s a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, elegant 2018 with good concentration, ripe tannins, a solid spine of acidity, and outstanding length. It’s well worth buying multiple bottles and is going to drink brilliantly for 15 years or more.

— 92 points, Jeb Dunnuck

The 2018 La Tour Carnet has calmed down a bit since I tasted it in barrel, but it still delivers plenty of punch. Inky dark red fruit, cedar, mint, dried herbs, mocha and pipe tobacco give the 2018 notable complexity. Somber and a bit brooding, the 2018 is going to need a few years to be at its best, which is always the case here. Bernard Magrez makes a wide range of compelling wines. La Tour Carnet is one of his finest.

— 92 points, Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 la Tour Carnet is a little closed and broody to begin, slowly unfurling to offer glimpses at notions of tar, star anise, damp soil and tapenade with a core of stewed plums and boysenberries, plus a waft of cassis. The medium-bodied palate has lovely freshness and bags of savory-laced black fruits framed by rounded tannins, finishing with a lively lift.

— 90 points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

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