"Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate 93/100
Probably La Tour Carnet's best since their 2001, the 2010 La Tour Carnet exhibits wonderful ripeness, a dense ruby/purple color, notes of licorice, camphor and some toast as well as lots of black currant and blueberry fruit. It is medium to full-bodied, with attractive sweetness of tannin, good acidity, excellent delineation to its component parts, and a full-bodied, impressively long finish. This wine may close down somewhat, given the moderate tannins, but it seems relatively accessible despite being a 2010. Another spectacular effort from proprietor Bernard Magrez, this Haut Medoc was harvested very late in 2010. The final blend is 60% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest a small amount of Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035. Tasted March 2013 DBM Christmas favourite!"
Dating from the 12th century, the medieval style Château La Tour Carnet, surrounded by a moat, is the oldest of the Médoc châteaux. Eléonore, sister of Michel de Montaigne, was among the many illustrious owners of the estate in the 16th century. Bernard Magrez, its latest owner, devotes all his time to the estate, continuing with passion the work started by Eléonore de Montaigne. He has undertaken an amazing renovation of his vineyard, cellars and the château itself. Cutting, leaf thinning and green harvest reduce yields in order to maximise quality. Manual harvest in trays, rigorous sorting by hand, conveyance under gravity into large vinification casks, then into barrels for 18 to 20 months’ ageing - all contribute to the excellence of this top growth classified in 1855. ©ugcb