I love the enticing nose on this wine, and the dark rich fruit is bright on the attack. You can definitely see the success of this vintage. Oak influence is a little strong on the finish - it's only 30% new oak, but the 70% Merlot in the blend highlights the sweetness. This should soften nicely over the next five years, offering a lovely mix of brambles, briar and herbs. This is evidence yet again of a rethink of winemaking process at the Magrez estates, towards a more terroir-centric approach. Consultant is Michel Rolland. (JA)
The 2015 La Tour Carnet is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit was cooled through a 'cryogenic tunnel freezer,' essentially spraying liquid nitrogen, and will be matured for 16 months in 30% new oak. It has a very pure bouquet, so much so that there is something almost Pinot Noir-like here, with ebullient Morello and subtle kirsch-like scents. The oak is judicious and neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This is very smooth and harmonious in the mouth, well-judged acidity, precise and detailed. It gently fans out on the finish, completing what I think is a very well-crafted, silky and seductive Haut-Médoc. (NM)
A fresh and clean wine with blueberry and light spice, mushroom character. Full, very fine. Shows a delicacy and finesse.
The 2015 La Tour Carnet is soft, supple and inviting. Dark cherry, mocha, chocolate, spice and new leather are all pushed forward. There is good up-front richness and density, but the wine loses some persistence on the finish. This is an especially nuanced, laid-back vintage for the Tour Carnet, with less overall depth than is customary, but solid overall balance. (AG)
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