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In keeping with the wine tradition, that i try to established since January, here is another 2007 that I picked from my cellar. My bordeaux stash is going down. Actually, no stash, more like a collection of disparate bottles from 2004,2005, 2006, 2007 and a bit of 2008 and 2009.

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Bernard Magrez is a self-made millionaire who made his fortune from drinks, creating and selling a range of drinks brands in France through his company, William Pitters. But since a long while he has been  involved in quite a different, more  high class business: for the last 20 years+ he’s been acquiring prestigious vineyards, first of all in Bordeaux, where he owns several chateaux, and more recently around the world.

Since taking over this fourth-growth estate, La Tour Carnet, Magrez did a complete makeover of  the vineyards, cellar and ancient Château, which now look pretty splendorous. . As with all his properties, winemaking is under the wingof consultant winemaker Michel Rolland, who Magrez has been working with for more than 20 years.

The style is lush and concentrated for a 2007’s. Clearly, the signature of Michel Rolland. However, despite its modern approach, the wine reflects its Medoc character. This was a pretty good wine despite the fact that2007 was a difficult vintage.

Tasting Note:

A Bordeaux of grand breed. Very enticing aromas of ripe cassis, grilled bell pepper, coffe, black cherry jelly. Cocoa powder with a meaty angle. An strange note of coal ashes, mingled with licorice and graphite On the mouth, very ample, lots of finesse. Suave in the midpalate with silky tannins. Decadent, with a delicate minerality. Ready to drink to know but will reach its peak in 5-7 years. I had it filet mignon on the BBQ