2002 La Tour de By, Médoc

SKU #1125273 Decanter

 Fine deep colour, rather earthy, vegetal fruit, definite Cabernet dominance, quite good length, just shows an edge of leanness, but quite good Médoc style. Drink 2006-12 (SS)  (4/2003)

K&L Notes

From gravel-rich vineyards of the Médoc, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend is soften by the addition of Merlot and Petit Verdot, and aged for 12 months in oak barrels. Solid and structured, young but ready to drink now, this wine is an excellent value as an "everyday Bordeaux." One of the few delicious 2002s in Clyde's view.

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2016 | Send Email
Here is a bargain in 14 year old Bordeaux to pair with a Tuesday night burger or even a light picnic. This shows earth, cedar and herb notes matched to crisp cranberry and bright cherry fruit in a clean, savory style. This is traditionally made and very easy to drink.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2015 | Send Email
Perfectly aged and in its prime. Forest floor, olives and some pepper as well. Very elegant and ready to drink. A surprise from 2002!

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2015 | Send Email
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This wine sold out twice already. Here is our last twenty-five cases. One of my favorite 2002s for enjoying now. Still will cellar but at this low price why wait. Decant and enjoy.
Drink from 2015 to 2019

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2013 | Send Email
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From one of my favorite minor producers, this medium-deep ruby Bordeaux offers lovely aromatics of cassis and currants, while in its moderately complex mouthfeel you will be treated to a fairly complete, well-integrated, nearterm wine that is quite satisfying and enjoyable. This Gem is meant to drink near-term, and Rusty has informed me that we need to stockpile cases of this wine to hold us over for the coming Winter. 13.0% ABV.
Drink from 2013 to 2020

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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