Château La Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé
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Château La Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé

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Château La Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé

Bordeaux Winery Saint-Laurent-Médoc
One of the oldest properties in the Médoc, La Tour Carnet’s beautiful medieval tower houses the treasures of troubadours, the spirit of Michel de Montaigne and La Boétie… and a majestic suite decorated in keeping with the château’s history.
The château has enormous character and contemplates its 900 years of history in the water of the surrounding moat, only crossed by an elegant drawbridge. Whether tasting the wine – a classified growth from the Haut Médoc appellation – or celebrating an annual literary prize, Château La Tour Carnet captivates both writers and fine wine enthusiasts.

The terroir of Château La Tour Carnet is a mosaic of multi diversity land. The use of the most modern techniques such as drone acquired by Bernard Magrez to analyze the plots, has optimized the virtues of this land by assigning the most suitable varieties: the hill is a soil conducive to Merlots, hillsides rather the Cabernets.

But obtaining exceptional grapes would be nothing without careful winemaking techniques to make the best of it. This is why, for several years, Château La Tour Carnet returned to traditional methods that rely heavily on manual labor.

It is a patchwork of soils composed, in the far west, of sand and gravel, becoming siliceous-gravel, siliceous-clay and calcareous-clay toward the west and center. To the east are the gravel slopes of the finest vineyards, including La Tour Carnet. Here, the soil is mainly composed of graves (fluvial pebbles, gravel and sand) from the Gunzian glacial era and is very similar to the neighboring appellations of Pauillac and Saint-Julien.
With its south-southwest exposure, a large part of the calcareous clay subsoil slopes are covered in a thick layer of Garonne River and Pyrenean graves. On this broad border of gravel slopes are located the finest vineyards. The 1855 classification confirmed this reality, and especially distinguished the Château La Tour Carnet. In the western part of the estate is ridge of asteriated limestone with Sannois clay slopes. This is the “Butte de La Tour Carnet” a geological curiosity that still leaves experts in wonder. The eastern part stretches across the south-southwest facing slopes of a gravelly hill typical of Médoc's grands crus. The calcareous clay subsoil is covered with a thick layer of Garonne and Pyrenees graves. The final part in the north consists of a large plateau of fine graves.
Years of painstaking experimentation have enabled us to get the very best from these soils by planting them with the most-suitable grape varieties—the Butte is most suitable for Merlots, while the slopes are best suited to Cabernets.

For the winemaking, any plant debris likely to bring a “grassy” flavor is thus removed to focus on the roundness characteristic of Château La Tour Carnet's wine. The flow of the grapes by gravity, the use of oak vats and hand-plunging that we do are a return to the traditional methods used in the Médoc region in the past. The aim of these techniques is to obtain a complex, silky wine, with powerful balanced tannins and great aromatic persistence.
Barrels hold the new vintage and are gathered together in the impressive amphitheater-shaped cellars of the Château La Tour Carnet.
Grand Vins are matured in barrels for 18 months. A month before bottling, the wine is returned to vats to round it off and then is blended, the final step that will reveal Château La Tour Carnet's vintage.
Our wine
Grape varieties used Moscatel Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
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Winner of wine tourism trophies by Terre de vin
Winner of wine tourism trophies by Terre de vin Media specialized in wine, wine tourism and the art of living in France
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Château La Tour Carnet, Darrous, Saint-Laurent-Médoc, France France

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  • Château La Tour Carnet, Grand Cru Classé
  • Visit and tasting
  • Wine & chocolate workshop
  • Wine & cheese workshop
  • From research to innovation
  • The gourmet promenade
  • B-Winemaker: Grands Chênes grape varieties
  • B-Winemaker: Tour Carnet grape varieties
  • The Quatuor
Guest reviews
4.5
(4 reviews)
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Aymeric O. Flag fr 4 months ago
(With co-workers)

Professional visit with collaborators. Very nice visit which allowed them to discover the world of wine. I recommend


Severine A. Flag fr 7 months ago
(As a couple)

Very warm welcome … an absolutely magical visit with clear and captivating explanations. The tasting was really great!!! To be done without restraint.


Simon D. Flag fr 9 months ago
(As a couple)

Magnificent estate. Very pleasant visit with a visit to the interior of the castle, the cellars and tastings of three wines. We highly recommend.


Clement perochon Flag fr a year ago
(As a couple)

Perfect

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Under the impetus of Bernard Magrez, Château La Tour Carnet has returned for several years to traditional methods which rely heavily on manual work. At the end of the harvest, the contents of the crates are carefully poured onto a sorting table. Undesirable elements (petioles, pieces of leaves, etc.) and green or damaged clusters are then eliminated. The harvest is then destemmed to separate the berries from the stalks. The berries are again selected on a new sorting table. Most of the plant matter likely to bring "herbaceous" tastes will then be removed in favor of the roundness sought in Château La Tour Carnet.
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Visit the Château La Tour Carnet

In the heart of the Médoc vineyards , Château La Tour Carnet invites you to an unforgettable experience. Visiting Château La Tour Carnet will allow you to enter the rooms of the Château and discover its exceptional vineyards. Depending on the experience chosen, you can then taste the wines alone or paired with chocolate or cheese. Blend your own wine? It is also possible with the B-winemaker workshop which offers you to leave with your bottle of your assembly and personalized. And yes, to satisfy the most curious among you, the estate organizes workshops that will allow you to blend your favorite wines and leave with a bottle of a unique wine.

The history of Château La Tour Carnet

To understand what makes the richness and unique personality of the wines of La Tour Carnet, it is necessary to understand both what makes the originality of its terroir and what makes excellence in its viticulture and winemaking techniques. It is the diversity of the terroir of Saint-Laurent en Médoc that makes it original. It is a mosaic composed in the extreme west of sandy-gravelly land, becoming in the west and in the center silico-gravelly, silico-clayey and clay-limestone. To the east, on the gravelly hillsides on which the best vineyards are located, including that of La Tour Carnet, the structure of the soils, composed mainly of Gunzian gravel, is very similar to that of the bordering appellations of Pauillac and of Saint Julien. Facing south-southwest, a large part of the hillsides with limestone clay subsoil are covered with a thick layer of Garonne and Pyrenean gravel. It is on this wide border of gravelly hillsides that the best vineyards are located. The 1855 classification endorsed this reality by specifically distinguishing Château La Tour Carnet as a Grand Cru Classé. The western part of the domain is occupied by a hilltop of starfish limestone whose slopes are covered with Sannoisian clays. It is the “Butte de La Tour Carnet”, a geological curiosity that specialists are still wondering about today. The eastern part of the terroir extends, for its part, on hillsides, facing south / south-west, with a gravelly hilltop, a hill typical of the great wines of the Médoc. The limestone clay subsoil is covered with a thick layer of Garonne and Pyrenean gravel. The last entity, located north of the castle, is made up of a large plateau of fine gravel. Numerous experiments carried out relentlessly over the years, the latest being the acquisition of a drone to analyze the plots, have made it possible to optimize the virtues of these plots by assigning them the most suitable grape varieties: the Butte is a terroir favorable to Merlots, the slopes, rather to Cabernets. Under the impetus of Bernard Magrez, Château La Tour Carnet has returned for several years to traditional methods which rely heavily on manual work. At the end of the harvest, the contents of the crates are carefully poured onto a sorting table. Undesirable elements (petioles, pieces of leaves, etc.) and green or damaged clusters are then eliminated. The harvest is then destemmed to separate the berries from the stalks. The berries are again selected on a new sorting table. Most of the plant matter likely to bring "herbaceous" tastes will then be removed in favor of the roundness sought in Château La Tour Carnet. The grapes will be deposited in a vat which will be transported and emptied above the fermentation tanks, this gravity filling avoids pumping the harvest. Most of the great wine is vinified in wooden vats, which are regularly renewed, and in new generation cement vats that promote the aromatic expression of the wines. For several years, there has been a return to traditional methods used in the past in the Médoc, such as transporting the harvest by gravity, the use of wooden vats and trapping. return to traditional methods used in the past in the Médoc. The aim of these techniques is to obtain a complex, silky wine with powerful but harmonious tannins and great aromatic persistence. The barrels will welcome the new vintage and will be grouped together in the impressive cellars of Château La Tour Carnet. The duration of the stay in barrels is 18 months for the Grand Vin. One month before bottling, the wine is put back into vats to proceed with the blending and thus perfect its homogeneity, the final stage which will reveal the vintage of Château La Tour Carnet and will continue to elevate it to the rank of Grand Cru Classé Haut. Medoc.

The best cuvées of the Château La Tour Carnet estate

  • Château La Tour Carnet, Haut-Médoc red
  • Château La Tour Carnet, Voluntary Servitude Haut-Médoc red
  • Château La Tour Notebook, white Bordeaux

If you are lucky enough to be able to taste a Château la Tour Carnet wine, you will have a very rich choice. Indeed, all their vintages are more exceptional than each other. In addition, they offer both white and red cuvées, including the illustrious Grand Cru Classé, but also an exceptional second wine, known as “Les Douves Château la Tour Carnet”.

A stay at Château La Tour Carnet

A stay at La Tour Carnet offers an incredible journey through time. Its authentic medieval heritage has been restored by Bernard Magrez through the two surprising suites “Michel de Montaigne” and “La Boétie”.

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