About this WINE
Chateau La Tour de Mons
Château La Tour de Mons is one of the leading Cru Bourgeois properties in the Médoc. It has a long and illustrious history and is named after Pierre de Mons, who purchased the estate in 1615. For several generations it has been owned and run by the Clauzel-Binaud family. It is located in the Margaux commune of Soussans.
The 35 hectare vineyard is planted with 45 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The grapes are hand harvested and are then matured in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The wine is then matured in small oak barrels (30% new) for 12 months. It is bottled unfiltered. The wine is typically smooth, well-rounded and ripe and shows at its best with 5-10 years of bottle ageing.
If Pauillac can be seen as the bastion of ‘traditional’ Red Bordeaux, then Margaux represents its other facet in producing wines that are among Bordeaux’s most sensual and alluring. It is the largest commune in the Médoc, encompassing the communes of Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac and Labaude, in addition to Margaux itself. Located in the centre of the Haut-Médoc, Margaux is the closest of the important communes to the city of Bordeaux.
The soils in Margaux are the lightest and most gravelly of the Médoc, with some also containing a high percentage of sand. Vineyards located in Cantenac and Margaux make up the core of the appelation with the best vineyard sites being located on well-drained slopes, whose lighter soils give Margaux its deft touch and silky perfumes. Further away from the water, there is a greater clay content and the wines are less dramatically perfumed.
Margaux is the most diffuse of all the Médoc appelations with a reputation for scaling the heights with irreproachable wines such as Ch. Margaux and Ch. Palmer, but also plumbing the depths, with too many other châteaux not fulfilling their potential. There has been an upward shift in recent years, but the appellation cannot yet boast the reliability of St Julien. However, the finest Margaux are exquisitely perfumed and models of refinement and subtlety which have few parallels in Bordeaux.
Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.
In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.
In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and Australia.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 28/02/2013
James Molesworth – The Wine Spectator – Mar 2011
Jancis Robinson MW- jancis robinson.com, Apr 2011
La Tour de Mons has turned out an attractive blend of 56% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot in 2010. This property has always had better terroir than the wines evidence, but things are rebounding impressively. A member of the Alliance des Cru Bourgeois du Medoc.
Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- Feb 2013
A dark ruby/plum color accompanied by notes of earth, licorice, wood smoke and black currants are offered in this medium-bodied, elegant, pretty Margaux. Drink it over the next 8-10 years.
Robert Parker- Wine Advocate- May 2011
Steven Spurrier – Decanter – Apr 2011