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Château La Tour de Bessan Margaux

The Experience

Drink When...
Walking Through History with Tony Robinson
Listen To...
The History Song by The Good, the Bad and the Queen
Think About...
A historical moment
Drink With...
Beef tenderloin with roasted shallots

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Behold, the intricate history of Château La Tour de Bessan, dating all the way back to the 13th century.

Its looming tower would protect its lords and ladies until finally it looked as if it was destined to lay ruin. That is until the Lurton family came along and, with a lick of paint and some elbow grease, it became the renowned vineyard it is today.

This delightful blend is firm and holds dark juicy flavours of blackcurrant and blueberry whilst providing luxurious tannins and fine acidity. It’s elegant, structured and will certainly create its own history throughout the years.

The Vital Statistics

Country
France
Region
Margaux
Classification
AOC Bordeaux
Vintage
2013
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
2 g/l
12.5%
Alcohol Units
10.1

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The Style

Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon (64%), Merlot (35%), Cabernet Franc (3%)
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Sam Wylie-Harris in The Falkirk Herald, 24/12/14: "A top-notch claret from a great vintage, this is pure, refined and smooth enough to drink now. The gentle cabernet fruit has floral aromas with blueberry hints, fine tannin structure and a gorgeous long finish."

It was in 1972 that Lucien Lurton bought the tower and vineyards from the Clauzel family. As the new owner he pulled out all the stops to rebuild this wine estate, all the while managing his other properties. 
In 1992, his daughter, Marie-Laure took over. With a wine making degree in hand and 6 years experience under her wing working on her father’s other domains, she knew all the blocks that made up the domain like the back of her hand.

The first investments she made were in the vineyard: heightening the trellising in order to increase the leaf canopy, replacing, ripping up and planting new vines.

In 1999, Emilie Roullé, an agronomist, became the vineyard manager. Her work showed results quickly: the 2003 vintage earned the Terra Vitis certification. This consolidates the viticultural choices made that respect the environment. 
The classification of the 2003 Crus Bourgeois in June finally gave Château La Tour de Bessan the official status of Cru Bourgeois.

The investments also included the cellars: in 1999 we renovated a building dating back to 1934.
It now houses an ergonomic cellar, the barrel maturation cellar and a tasting room. This contemporary building tastefully designed by the architect Vincent Defos du Rau from Toulouse is evidence of the domain’s dynamic spirit and its constant striving for higher quality.

Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Served best with red meat dishes.


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