2016 La Tour de Mons, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299244 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Situated in one of the northern sectors of Margaux, this estate was created in the 13th century. This sumptuous wine has enormous power that is mitigated by the taut, mineral texture and black-currant flavors. It is a finely wrought wine that will take time to age. Drink from 2024. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (5/2019)

93-94 points James Suckling

 Dense and chewy with very firm and silky tannins. Full-bodied and powerful. Better than the 2015.  (4/2017)

91 points Decanter

 Here we are stepping up a gear for this estate, with careful but not shy fruit extraction, some real intensity to the silky raspberry and bilberry flavours, and tannins that cradle without overpowering the fruit. Brilliant value for money in a wine where you get a hint of the floral silkiness of Margaux. Owned by CA Grands Crus, the same group that owns Grand Puy Ducasse, Tour de Mons is benefitting from recent investments together with the sure touch of technical director Anne le Naour. 56% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot. (JA)  (4/2017)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Light cocoa powder and tobacco accents line the core of crushed plum and cherry preserve flavors. A toasty edge holds sway on the finish. (JM)  (4/2017)

90 points Vinous

 The 2016 La Tour de Mons has a lifted, quite spicy bouquet with kirsch, red berry fruit and touches of graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, great volume and ripeness. The finish comes through more like a 2015 in style with a smooth texture and quite a luscious graphite tinged note. Very fine. Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois tasting in London. (NM)  (10/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Inky crimson. Intense black fruit on the nose and just a touch of cedar and spice. Ripe and firm on the palate, chewy, but the alcohol is well hidden in overall harmony. Just a slight heat on the finish. Needs time. 16+/20 points. (JH)  (9/2018)

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By: Mandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2019 | Send Email
You can taste the Terroir in this extraordinary wine. Beautiful aromatic nose of sweet fruits, cocoa and wet soil. Candied plums and abundant textured black Currant. vivid minerality and a perfect amount of acidity.

By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2019 | Send Email
Another classic Margaux and for a price that is astonishingly affordable. Raspberries, cocoa, touch of tobacco, and inviting notes of incense and spices. Approachable now. A Perfect pairing with a rack of lamb!

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2017 | Send Email
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This property is on a role since the 2009 vintage. This may be their best yet. 55% Merlot here. The violets of Margaux are here in spades. So perfumey and so sweet, you can drink it now. Plenty of latent tannins under this massive amount of sweet black fruit flavors. Sexy and lush. Value!
Drink from 2020 to 2040

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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 MĂ©doc 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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- 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.