*Barrel Sample* This wine shows a dense structure marked with concentrated tannins and black plum fruits. The wine is rich and full on the palate, with just the right amount of fresh acidity to give it a lift.
A tight and polished red with plum and dark-berry character. Hints of mushrooms, too. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a delicious finish. Better in 2018 but already delightful.
The 2014 La Tour Carnet was a wine that I tasted last year from bottle, so why not give it another whirl to remind readers of its quality. There is a lot going on aromatically with plenty of boisterous black cherry and raspberry fruit, maintaining that floral element that I discerned last year. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, perhaps the oak on this bottle a little more conspicuous than before, but that will be subsumed with two or three years in bottle. (NM)
The 2014 La Tour Carnet offers notable density for the year. There is striking depth to the flavors, but I would prefer to cellar this wine for at least a few years, as La Tour Carnet really needs a bit of bottle age to be at its best. Sweet red cherry, plum, smoke and licorice wrap around the juicy finish. Bernard Magrez's Haut-Médoc remains one of the most attractive under-the-radar wines in Bordeaux. (AG)
Mid to deep crimson. Leafy cassis aroma with some fruit sweetness. Dry and chalky in texture but it's attractively fresh on the finish. (JH)
Solid, delivering a core of lightly steeped red and black currant fruit liberally laced with savory and tobacco leaf notes. This has a frankly toasty frame on the finish, but the fruit pushes through. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. (JM)
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