Profoundly beautiful in color. The nose is very expressive, developing aromas of black fruits, pepper, white tobacco and aromatic herbs (thyme, rosemary). The mouth is ample and smooth, evolving into a dense and balanced structure. The finish is long and persistent with remarkable tannins, a sign of remarkable quality and mature fruit. A pleasure to drink now or to cellar for 8-10 years.
The uniqueness of the terroir of Saint-Laurent-du-Medoc lies in its diversity. It is a mosaic of sandy-gravelly and gravelly slopes on which are located the best vineyards, including La Tour Carnet. Soil structure presents a great similarity with that of neighboring appellations of Pauillac and Saint-Julien.
The average age of the vines is 24 years.
"The ancient vineyard of Tour Carnet, first planted in the 15th century, is into a renaissance. This wine, which showed too many tannins when in barrel, is now coming to life. The balance, the acidity and the seductive perfumes promise plenty. So does the structure, just hinting at bitterness, a function of its youthfulness. Keep for 5–8 years."
"Like most recent vintages have been, the 2004 La Tour Carnet is a big time sleeper of the vintage. Owned by Bordeaux visionary Bernard Magrez, this chateau is fashioning beautifully structured wines with superb concentration and intensity. The deep ruby/purple-hued 2004 offers up beautiful aromas of flowers, creme de cassis, smoke, and pain grille. Medium to full-bodied with excellent purity, low acidity, and moderately high tannin, this stunning effort should be at its peak between 2011-2024+.
The Wine Advocate