Chateau La Tour Carnet Haut Médoc 2008
|Brand||Chateau La Tour Carnet|
Wine AdvocateAnother sleeper of the vintage, this blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Sauvignon was cropped at a low 33 hectoliters per hectare, and the harvest was accomplished between October 7-25. The 2008 may turn out to be the best wine of the modern era, but the 2001, 2005, and 2006 are very strong. The 2008 exhibits loads of cassis, lead pencil shavings, spice box, and hints of cedar as well as herbs in its complex aromatics. The wine possesses outstanding texture, superb purity, good freshness (because of higher than normal acids), and ripe, long tannin. It is almost an anomaly to have tannins this ripe with acids this crisp. Deep, rich, and full-bodied, the 2008 La Tour Carnet should evolve over the next twenty years.
Wine EnthusiastA curiously perfumed wine, like a bar of French soap, the fruit showing some freshness but edging towards bitter. Barrel sample.