Wine Details

Château Tour Blanche
Cru Bourgeois
France • Bordeaux • Médoc
2005 (1 in Cellar)
Jeff Tolmie - 24.09.2008
Deep cloudy red. Strong ripe dark fruit aromas right after opening. Fresh herbs and freshly cut timber. Smoke. Still very young, so the mouth is dominated by good strong but not sour acids and fine grained tannins. Just ripe blackberry. Long finish with very good balance to the end. This wine needs quite a few more years yet. My only critisism would be that it is a little lacking in body.
Alcohol: 14%
Barrel Aging: 19 Months
Location: Saint-Christoly du Médoc.
Area under vine: 39 hectares.
Age of vines: 35 years.
Vine density: 5,500 vines per hectare.
Terroir: 60 % of deep Garonne gravels on clay, 40% clay-limestone soil.
Viticulture: Guyot double pruning. Green cover between the vine rows. Leaf thinning and green harvesting.
Winemaking: The grapes from each plot are picked separately then sorted on a specially-equipped table which separates full berries from crushed ones. They are kept in thermoregulated stainless steel vats .Cool pre-fermentation maceration for 2 days.
Aging: The wine is aged for 16 months in French oak barrels.
Yield: 40 to 47 hectolitres per hectare
Ref: 556