France: Bordeaux

Northern Médoc

The wines of Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 05 March 2010
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Château La Tour Carnet

Address: 33112 Saint Laurent de Médoc
Tel: 05 56 73 30 90  Fax: 05 56 59 48 54
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:9:1N (45.15034)    Longitude: -0:49:19W (-0.82195) 

Bernard Magrez really does have an eye for the best looking estates … this is pure château gold. The history of the estate stretches all the way back to the 12th century, making it without doubt one of the oldest châteaux in the Medoc, once owned by philosopher Michel de Montaigne. There are plenty of original features, not least a fully-functioning moat and watch tower dating back to 1120. As with all Magrez properties, the real fascination of a visit is in the attention to detail at every stage of the wine producing process – the vineyards are planted at up to 10,000 vines per hectare, the grapes are manually de-stemmed after harvest. Also in the area is Les Grand Chênes, vinified by Anne Le Naour, and worth either a visit or a tasting while you’re in Magrez-land. The tour includes a visit of the château and winery, with a technical visit given by either the cellar master or the director of viticulture. English spoken (but do let them know in advance if you’d like a tour in English). Magrez is expanding his wine tourism programme, and tours of his properties are now available by Rolls Royce car.

Useful information: Free tour without tasting, except by prior arrangement (which should be made through Château Pape Clement - number above). Groups welcome, up to 15 people. All visits by appointment. Magrez is expanding his wine tourism programme, and tours of his properties are now available by Rolls Royce car.


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