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The Medoc is located on the northern tip of the famed “Left Bank” between the Gironde river and Atlantic Ocean. Whilst this thin strip of sandy soil is just 10% of the Bordeaux harvest, it is home to the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. This small vineyard’s thirty year old close-planted vines have inspired the family motto “La Tour Charlemagne” A humble family winery that is the equal of the “Tower of Charlemagne” – France’s founder and greatest king.
 
Fully de-stemmed before an extended maceration and fermentation in open vats with regular pump overs to capture colour and fruit expression. Partially matured in seasoned French oak barriques with full malolactic fermentation.
 
A classic vintage due to warm, dry conditions that continued for much of the growing season. Yields were very low, up to 30% down, and this contributed to a harvest of small, thick skinned grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon the star. The wines are intensely flavoured, well structured and destined for a long life.
 
Deep red in colour. The nose is somewhat brooding but beginning to open up, displaying aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and dusty cedar oak. A burst of rich, sweet dark / blue berry fruit is given definition by fine but firm tannins. Impressive length and structure. An each way proposition, excellent drinking now with the potential for medium term cellaring.
 
From Medoc with screwcap. There’s a demand for good quality, inexpensive Bordeaux in this country and it’s good that someone is (almost) smart enough to realise it. Aniseed, blackcurrant and redcurrant, subtle cedar oak. Medium weight, firm and a little chewy, with pretty lively acidity, good intensity and freshness of fruit – that combination being a typical character of the vintage. Some dried herb comes through on the finish. There’s no excess here and it doesn’t feel tricked up to flatter the drinker early. Has the genuine earthiness and gravelly tannin of the Medoc and delivers a good hit of Bordeaux at a keen price. Could surprise with a higher rating given a little more time in bottle. Rated : 90+ Points; Tasted: Jul12; Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $20; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2013 - 2018; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

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