2010 Chateau La Tour Carnet

Year: 2010
Appellation: Haut-Medoc
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91+
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 90-92--Jeff Leve: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Bright and engaging, with open-knit raspberry, blackberry and black cherry fruit backed by notes of anise and violet. The lightly firm, plum pit-tinged finish keeps this honest, showing some latent grip. Drink now through 2018. –JM" (WS)

"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. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035.

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." (WA)

"Bright, dark red. Sexy aromas of black cherry, blueberry, licorice, menthol and flowers seemed to shut down with aeration. Densely packed and fresh, with sound acidity intensifying the pretty, well-delineated black fruit flavors. The wine's firm spine of tannins and acids is nicely supported by its mid-palate concentration. A very impressive vintage for this bottling, and in need of patience." (VM)

"Impressive concentration for this appellation with aromas of prunes, plums and black pepper. Full body, with round and velvety tannins and a long finish. Tight. Better after 2015." (JS)

"90-92 Packed with new wood, very polished wine, its tannins smooth and velvet. It has a delicious juicy red berry fruit character that shows a fine elegance. -(6/25/2011) -91" (WE)

"La Tour Carnet Oak, spice, cassis, earth and mocha scents open to a powerful, concentrated tannic wine with the structure to age well. There is some dryness in the finish. 89-91 90 points - Tasted Apr 21, 2011" (JL)