2015 La Tour Carnet, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1256393 93 points Decanter

 I love the enticing nose on this wine, and the dark rich fruit is bright on the attack. You can definitely see the success of this vintage. Oak influence is a little strong on the finish - it's only 30% new oak, but the 70% Merlot in the blend highlights the sweetness. This should soften nicely over the next five years, offering a lovely mix of brambles, briar and herbs. This is evidence yet again of a rethink of winemaking process at the Magrez estates, towards a more terroir-centric approach. Consultant is Michel Rolland. (JA)  (11/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 This has a wealth of brambly and spicy berry fruits with a succulent, plush and flavorsome palate delivering red plums and cherries amid smooth tannins. Try from 2022.  (2/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 la Tour Carnet is medium garnet-purple in color and has an earthy nose with red and black fruits and floral notions. The medium-bodied palate has plenty of energy with a great core of pure red and black fruits plus approachable tannins and nice freshness on the finish. (LPB)  (2/2018)


 Bernard Magrez's La Tour Carnet is terrific. Dark cherry, smoke, licorice, French oak, and tobacco give the 2015 its brooding personality. In this vintage, La Tour Carnet is a bit restrained, and yet all the elements come together nicely. One of Bordeaux's hidden gems, La Tour Carnet ages beautifully and delivers serious quality for the money. (AG)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2016 | Send Email
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A Bernard Magrez wine so it has a bit more new oak aromas and flavors. Very California Cabernet style here with over 50% Cabernet. Polished wine with sweet berry aromas and flavors. Easy to drink right now, but it will age gracefully for 10-plus years. All this for under $30.
Drink from 2020 to 2030

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
Tasted it twice, same note: black as night, huge wine with deep extraction, serious fruit and tannin. A wine that lovers of big California Cabernets will enjoy

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
Always in a flashy “new wave” style this wine shows quite a bit of oak and vanilla bean in the nose, with plenty of sweet red fruits that linger on to the finish. Quite a bit of richness and power for the price – should be a good value!
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