Winemaker Notes: Tasted in April 2020, the Chateau La Tour de Bessan 2019 reveals an expressive bouquet, marked by beautiful notes of ripe fruit, accompanied by toasted notes evoking coffee. On the palate, the wine immediately charms with its ample texture, showing savory tannins while retaining a great delicacy. A very fine vintage of Chateau La Tour de Bessan.
Singular in more ways than one, the 2019 vintage stood out from the previous two through its significant climatic contrasts and its ability to reveal the identity of both the terroir and the grape varieties. After a mild winter and limited cryptogamic pressure, the summer brought very hot weather. At Chateau La Tour de Bessan, the harvest began on September 18 and ended on October 10, dividing the vineyard into 24 plots. The harvest was carried out mechanically for 30% of the plots, while the rest were done by hand. Only perfectly ripened grapes were harvested, plot by plot.
Since the 2018 vintage, Chateau La Tour de Bessan has used new equipment for pour-overs. The R’Pulse system blows air under the marc while the fruit is macerating during the fermentation process. This system results in good ventilation and an easy passage of the must through the marc. The macerations lasted 10 to 25 days. The aging took place in barrels over a variable period adapted to the identity of the vintage.
Cabernet Sauvignon 57.7%, complemented by Merlot 32.4%, and Petit Verdot 9.9%
James Suckling - "(92-93pts)"
Vinous - "The 2019 La Tour de Bessan has a well-defined and intense bouquet with blueberry, blackberry and pressed iris flowers, focused and poised. The palate is medium-bodied with very pliant tannins, harmonious and fleshy. Just a bit of toasty oak needs to be assimilated on the finish. This is a well-crafted and quite delicious Margaux. (90-92pts)"
|Winery||Chateau La Tour de Bessan|
|Grape Varietals||Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Blend|