Chateau La Tour Carnet

This winegrowing estate goes back to the XIIth century, and is without a doubt one of the oldest Châteaux in the Médoc. The medieval architecture features a tower built in 1120 and a moat. La Tour Carnet has had several illustrious owners, including the family of Michel de Montaigne, one of the greatest French philosophers and twice-elected Mayor of Bordeaux.The vineyard dates back to 1407. 

Location: Saint-Laurent Médoc.
Area under vine: 112 hectares.
Wine grape variety:
Red: 65% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet
Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
White: 33% Sauvigon Blanc, 33% Semillon, 29% Sauvignon gris, 5% Muscadelle
Age of vines: 30 years.
Vine density : 8,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare.
Terroir: Clay subsoil with a large proportion of limestone covered by a deep layer of Günz gravel forming the famous "butte de la Tour Carnet".
Viticulture: Guyot double pruning method, without a renewal spur. Viticultural practices are environmentally-minded, and carried out in keeping with the profile of each individual plot. Leaf thinning and bunch thinning.
Winemaking: The grapes are hand-picked into small crates after an initial sorting in the vineyard. Use of an E1 destemmer. The grapes are put uncrushed into stainless steel vats. Cool pre-fermentation maceration. Manual punching down of the cap. A French oak wine is aged on the lees in barrels for 18
months with regular bâtonnage (stirring with a stick).
Yield: 30 to 40 hectolitres per hectare.
Mill 2002:
Gold Medal at the 2004 Competition of Bordeaux
Mill 2005:
Noted 89-91/100 by Robert Parker
Mill 2002:
Gold Medal at the 2004
Competition of Bordeaux
Noted 88-89/100 by Robert Parker
“Coup de coeur” for Guide
Hachette 2006
Mill 2003:
Triple Gold Medal at the 2005
Competition of Paris and at the
2006 Competitions of Bordeaux and
Silver Medal at the 2006
International Wine Challenge
Noted 89-91/100 by Robert Parker
Mill 2004:
Gold Medal at the 2006
Competition of Bordeaux
Noted 88-90/100 by Robert Parker
Mill 2005:
Noted 90-92 by Robert Parker

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