2011 La Tour Carnet, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An excellent wine from proprietor Bernard Magrez, this blend of 57% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a big, sweet nose of black cherries, black currants, graphite and smoky oak. Medium-bodied with excellent density and fruit, good acidity and silky tannins, this striking 2011 should drink well for 15 or more years. La Tour Carnet is usually priced very fairly.
A modern approach, with roasted vanilla bean and anise notes leading the way for plum sauce and warm currant confiture flavors. A little firm wood still shows on the finish, but good material here.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque inky purple. Fresh, floral blackcurrant and mint aromas. Enters the mouth bright and juicy, showing a mineral overlay to the blackcurrant and spicy plum flavors. Finishes pure and persistent.
½* Slightly new wave. Good middle fruit. Trey: Flashy, new wave, extracted and intense. Slightly over the top, but still quite good.