Dating back to the 12th century, La Tour Carnet is a genuine medieval castle with a moat. The oldest château in the Médoc, it owes its name to the famous equerry Carnet, who fought valiantly beside Lord Jean de Foy. Carnet’s courage and devotion were such that he ended up inheriting the estate. Éléonore, the sister of Michel de Montaigne, was one of several illustrious owners during the 16th century.
Following in her footsteps, the current owner, Bernard Magrez, has expended an enormous amount of time and energy in renovating the estate. His efforts have concerned the vineyard, cellars and château.
Meticulous care is taken during pruning, leaf thinning, and green harvesting to reduce yields in the interest of quality. The grapes are handpicked into small crates and sorted by hand before being transferred by gravity flow into wooden fermentation vats and then into barrel. These are just a few of the practices that contribute to the excellence of this estate, which is included in the 1855 classification.
- Les Pensées de La Tour Carnet
-Manual harvest in small crates with a first sorting in the vineyard
-Cold pre-fermentary maceration
-Manual punching down
-Aging in French oak barrels (one-year old barrels) for 15 months
Consulting enologist : Michel Rolland
- Grape variety
44% Merlot, 56% Cabernet Sauvignon
Second wine: Les Pensées de La Tour Carnet
Area Under Vine:
|Soil:||Pyrenean and Günz gravel on a clay-limestone bedrock|
|Grape Varieties:||59% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc|
|Ageing:||12 months - New barrels: 33%|
|Second wine:||Les Pensées de La Tour Carnet|
|Contact||Route de Beychevelle, 33112 Saint Laurent Médoc – FRANCE