2014 La Tour Carnet, Haut-Médoc (Previously $32)

SKU #1299580 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Barrel Sample* This wine shows a dense structure marked with concentrated tannins and black plum fruits. The wine is rich and full on the palate, with just the right amount of fresh acidity to give it a lift.

91 points James Suckling

 A tight and polished red with plum and dark-berry character. Hints of mushrooms, too. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a delicious finish. Better in 2018 but already delightful.  (2/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 La Tour Carnet was a wine that I tasted last year from bottle, so why not give it another whirl to remind readers of its quality. There is a lot going on aromatically with plenty of boisterous black cherry and raspberry fruit, maintaining that floral element that I discerned last year. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, perhaps the oak on this bottle a little more conspicuous than before, but that will be subsumed with two or three years in bottle. (NM)  (3/2017)

91 points Vinous

 The 2014 La Tour Carnet offers notable density for the year. There is striking depth to the flavors, but I would prefer to cellar this wine for at least a few years, as La Tour Carnet really needs a bit of bottle age to be at its best. Sweet red cherry, plum, smoke and licorice wrap around the juicy finish. Bernard Magrez's Haut-Médoc remains one of the most attractive under-the-radar wines in Bordeaux. (AG)  (2/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid to deep crimson. Leafy cassis aroma with some fruit sweetness. Dry and chalky in texture but it's attractively fresh on the finish. (JH)  (4/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Solid, delivering a core of lightly steeped red and black currant fruit liberally laced with savory and tobacco leaf notes. This has a frankly toasty frame on the finish, but the fruit pushes through. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. (JM)  (4/2017)

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