2010 La Tour Carnet, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067019 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Probably La Tour Carnet's best since their 2001, the 2010 La Tour Carnet exhibits wonderful ripeness, a dense ruby/purple color, notes of licorice, camphor and some toast as well as lots of black currant and blueberry fruit. It is medium to full-bodied, with attractive sweetness of tannin, good acidity, excellent delineation to its component parts, and a full-bodied, impressively long finish. This wine may close down somewhat, given the moderate tannins, but it seems relatively accessible despite being a 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035.  (2/ 2013)

92 points James Suckling

 Impressive concentration for this appellation with aromas of prunes, plums and black pepper. Full body, with round and velvety tannins and a long finish. Tight. Better after 2015.  (2/ 2013)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Packed with new wood, very polished wine, its tannins smooth and velvet. It has a delicious juicy red berry fruit character that shows a fine elegance.  (6/ 2011)

87-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Opaque inky-ruby. Floral, fruity nose offers dark plum, cassis, licorice and tar. Then soft and supple on the palate, with rich flavors of blackcurrant jelly, black cherry syrup, tar, underbrush, and a lingering balsamic coffee note. The satisfying finish shows youthfully chewy tannins and good length. This very promising wine from Bernard Magrez struck me as less oaky and more gently extracted than many of his wines from previous years.  (6/ 2011)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and engaging, with open-knit raspberry, blackberry and black cherry fruit backed by notes of anise and violet. The lightly firm, plum pit-tinged finish keeps this honest, showing some latent grip. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2013)

K&L Notes

A more modern, internationally styled wine. Sweet finish. Powerful on the back palate.

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