93 Insider Points
We are constantly turning our eyes to Bordeaux, the #1 reason being that it is, in the minds of many, still the original top wine region in the world. All that aside, we were able to secure these magnums from one of our favorite negociants. Tour Haut Vignoble showcases the quality and the elegance of the right bank's Saint-Estephe appellation. Limited quantities direct imported by our team. Enjoy through 2030. 93 Points - JZ Nov '18
Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Merlot 40% Petit Verdot 4% Cabernet franc 1%
A complete ripe, powerful Bordeaux red wine from noble origins and rich essence, it delivers a wealth of fruity richness, bursting spices, plenty of oaky vanilla and caramel notes, all combined in a delightful combination of elegance and strength.
Situated in the northern part of the commune of SaintEstèphe,
on the slopes facing the Gironde, the vines of this Château are planted on a generous soil made of gravel and clay according to the grape variety. The slope effect is a very good natural draining and the proximity of river keep stable temperature comparing to the land-heart. giving a great Saint-Estèphe wine.
The Braquessac family, owner since 1860, respect their land treating it the less possible. The father (agricultural engineer) and the son (oenologist) are very active to improve quality day after day. The result is remarkable especially from the 2002 with more fruit and more aromatic expression.
Soil : ¾ deep gravels & ¼ clayey-calcareous
Surface : 6,5 ha
Harvest : partly hand-picked
Vinification : Traditional
Cold pre-fermenting maceration
Numerous pumping over in order to get good
colour and to conduct better the alcoholic
fermentation. Vinified and aged separately by
grape varieties / by plots
Aging : in oak barrels for 14 months
This Saint-Estèphe comes in a pretty intense dark red color, filled with deep purples hues. Yes, at the time of tasting (mid-2017) this is still a very young baby of a wine, and looks like it, youthful.
The nose is both lively and vibrant, bursting in intense ripe red berry aromas of juicy blackberry, and poignantly spicy and torrefacted.
Licorice and dark toffee-like caramel marry black pepper, cinnamon and clove in frenzy of spicy aromas.
On the palate, the wine is dense and rich, but somewhat restrained and elegant in a typical North-Medoc fashion.
Yes, there is ripe and warm red fruit flavors, the juicy blackberry again together with dark cherry and strawberry jam. Despite this world of richness and fruity goodness, it feels dry and rather savory from such bursting spices and torrefacted notes.
Dense and velvety tannins fill the palate in a world of smoothness, yet slightly drying to the finish. While the body is round, mouth-filling yet elegant.
Chateau Tour Haut Vignoble was founded in 1861. The peculiarity of the vineyard, having been acquired over generations, is that it is divided into more than twenty plots scattered throughout the city of Saint-Estèphe making it highly representative of the appellation.
Three quarters of the plots are located in deep gravel areas and deserve the term "Upper Vineyard". The remaining quarter brings a happy complementarity with its clay-limestone soils.
The grape varieties planted are typical of the Medoc and includes Cabernet Sauvignon (55%) which forms the backbone of wine. Merlot (40%) which ripens earlier and is more fruity it brings flexibility and roundness to the wine. Petit Verdot (5%) excels on particularly well draining soils and promotes aroma and flavour complexity of wines.
The vineyard planting density is high which ensures good competition between the vines. They are looked after carefully to ensure the grapes arrive in the winery in excellent condition.
Serving conditions: Room temperature (19°)
Pairings: Red meat and game.