2018 vintage. Marie Laure Lurton is one of the 10 children of Lucien Lurton and she owns Château Villegeorge (Haut-Médoc) and this Château La Tour de Bessan. Both are very good and refined. The 2018 La Tour de Bessan (named after 13th century tower on the estate that is being restaured) is a blend of 60 % Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and a rather high (11%) percentage of Petit Verdot. Dark red. In the nose a mix of red and black fruit, cedar and Petit Verdot violet. Margaux is mostly associated with elegance and this is a good example. The fruit is bright, the tannins are well-tamed and the acidity provides juiciness and balance. Intelligent winemaking with just the right extraction. Great value at 18 euros. Abv. 14,5 % but perfectly integrated. Another lovely 2018. — 4 months ago
Drank at La Tour dinner on 12/11/20 at Sushi Ichi . Nice fragrance & smooth tanning, long finish. So pleasant to drink this wine — 7 months ago
A nose of alpine berries
Decanted for 4 hours, as it’s such a young wine for this region, medium to heavier bodied with a rounded mouthfeel. Austere in its own right, this has flavors akin to raspberry, blueberry, white stone, anise acidity and firm, yet forgiving tannins.
French Merlot for the win.
— a month ago
Tannins still a bit harsh, but already very good drinkability. Cherries and rasberries, some green notes giving freshness. It's quiet elegant and despite 15% alcohol no heavyweight. Looking forward to drink it in 2025. — 5 months ago
Medium tannin with oaky flavour. Slight acidity with high alcohol. — 6 months ago
Decanted for an hour. Dusty Dark garnet center, pale brown meniscus, medium viscosity. On the nose, inviting ripe red and black fruits - cassis, strawberries that are still very much present, licorice, tobacco, tar and wet clay/gravel. On the palate, silky luscious mouthfeel with resolved tannins and in the just the right balance with Acidity. Decent finish, but left me wanting more.. Dry wine, medium acidity, medium tannins, medium alcohol and medium plus body. This cuvée was 85% Cab Sauv 15% merlot. Second label of the famous La Mission Haut-Brion. — 8 months ago
2007 vintage. A 100% Tannat made by a Bordeaux producer (Philippe Courrian also owns Chateau La Tour Haut Caussan) in the Languedoc ( Corbières). Sounds interesting, and it is very good indeed. A little bit animal-like at first, give it some time to breathe in order to discover a panoply of dried herbs, spices and dried black fruits. Rustic, powerful and tannic, still very much alive. Long dry finish. Might not be for everyone, but it has a lot of personality. Try with a wild boar stew. Abv. 14%. Production about 2000 bottles. — 4 months ago
Good wine for the price. Gets better after a little time. — 6 months ago
Clear, bright, fluid cherry color.
Open floral nose, tangy red fruits of natural wine. Palate: great finesse. Carbonic maceration and its gourmet contribution are nuanced by light oaky touch, and the four years of age; offering a magnificent aromatic palette evoking in turn a pinot noir from Alsace, a Burgundy or Moulin-à-Vent. It's light, gourmet, delicate. What a pleasure! The balance is perfect.
Robe cerise limpide, éclatante, fluide.
Nez ouvert floral, fruits rouges acidulés de vin nature, peu souffré. Bouche: grande finesse. La macération carbonique et son apport gourmand sont nuancés par l’élevage, et les quatre ans d’âge; offrant une magnifique palette aromatique évoquant tour à tour un pinot noir d’Alsace, un Bourgogne autant qu’un Chiroubles ou Moulin-à-Vent. C’est léger, gourmand, délicat. Quel plaisir! L’équilibre est parfait. Avec encore quelques années il vieillira dans un style bourguignon... — 6 months ago