Chateau La Tour Carnet MAGNUM 2006 - Haut Medoc
Certainly one of the oldest and finest in the Médoc, Château La Tour Carnet is built in the twelfth century. It owes its name to the squire book that receives the inheritance of the Lord Jean de Foix in recognition of his bravery. Ranked 4th in 1855 vintage, the wine is at the time in the hands of family Leutken thus giving him new heyday. Then hit like all by the vine disease, wars and economic crises, it has a long period of decline which ended in 1972 when the estate was acquired by Louis Lipschitz, Gironde shipowner. This restores buildings and replanted the vineyards and passes the property to his daughter Marie-Claire Pélegrin in 1978. It retains until 1999, when Bernard Magrez, owner of Pape Clément, made the acquisition. Since then, relying on the advice of the famous Michel Rolland, major renovations and improvements were undertaken at the castle, in the vineyard, the winery and the cellar. Frédéric Chabaneau since 2010 provides technical leadership to replace Anne Le Naour. The vineyard of 73 hectares, located a few miles east of Saint-Laurent du Médoc towards Beychevelle, is planted on soils of various compounds qualities of clay, limestone and gravels and Pyrenean on limestone subsoil . For red, the vine is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Merlot (50%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Petit Verdot (2%). The grape varieties is divided between white Sauvignon (33%), gray Sauvignon (29%), Semillon (33%) and Muscadelle (5%). The average age of the vines is 30 years and planting density of 8 to 10,000 feet / ha. Traditional culture is by appealing to the principles of cultivation. The estate produces great wine in red and white and red, a second wine ""The Staves Château La Tour Carnet"".
|Bottle Size||1.5 L|
|Grapes||50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot|
|When to drink||2011-2026|
2006 is a proper vintage, which presents a heterogeneous quality due to unfavorable weather conditions. After heavy rainfall recorded in March, the temperature of the four months that followed clearly exceeded seasonal norms. July was even scorching. However, the region suffers August cool and rainy, which delayed ripening. The beginning of September was miraculous, the reviving temperatures with 35 °, but it was followed by heavy rainfall. The end of September and October benefited sunshine which helped save the day. You had to learn to wait to harvest. Moreover, in this difficult vintage in terms of climate, the human hand has really made the difference, forcing the domains to be selective during the harvest, and again the winery. In the end, this vintage reveals very good in the mouth. Early land planted with merlot well have pulled their game. The designations such as Pomerol and Saint Emilion offer velvety wines. The great Cabernets, yet austere to wine tasting, may ultimately prove to be magnificent, especially from Saint-Julien. But they will be expected 2006 to be a year guard. Graves are proving of great finesse. Pauillac wines are distinguished by their aromatic complexity. Saved by the sun of the first days of September, the dry whites show gourmands, aromatic, well balanced. They can be enjoyed on the fruit, even if their aging potential is good. The vintage has produced the sweet wines have suffered particular climatic conditions that made it difficult or impossible the development of botrytis. The selection has been drastic to keep only the berries affected by the noble rot.