2010 La Tour de Mons, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067261 91-92 points James Suckling

 Love the quality of the polished and velvety tannins. Full, but not full blown. Balanced and attractive.  (4/ 2011)

89 points Wine Spectator

 This has a plump, lively feel, with a briary push to the plum, currant and black cherry fruit. Flashes of anise and apple wood show on the finish. Accessible now but nicely balanced for modest cellaring. Drink now through 2020.  (3/ 2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Attractive floral notes intermixed with some blueberry, raspberry and loamy soil notes are followed by an elegant medium-bodied wine with sweet fruit, attractive texture and up-front drinkability. This wine should be consumed over the next decade. La Tour de Mons has turned out an attractive blend of 56% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot in 2010. This property has always had better terroir than the wines evidence, but things are rebounding impressively. A member of the Alliance des Cru Bourgeois du Medoc.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

56% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/18/2013  | Send Email
1/2*V Big on the palate, but rather elegant, with cherry and blueberry notes and minerality. Not super deep

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/18/2013  | Send Email
Cassis, mineral and spice. Elegant mid-palate. Could be a sleeper.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/13/2013  | Send Email
From barrel... for the money it is hard to beat this wine. Cassis, mineral, tobacco and spice on the nose. An elegant mid-palate with tons of cassis and spice. Mineral dominate finish and very balanced.

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Varietal:

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 Médoc 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.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Margaux

- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.