Château Tour Léognan, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France 2018
Château Tour Leognan is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot that stands out for its combination of strength and finesse. It is round, fruity, and slightly woody. It is also marked by the mineral notes and smoky character which is so appreciated in wines from Léognan.
Château Tour Léognan is produced from young vines grown on the estate of Chateau Carbonnieux. Château Carbonnieux employs sustainable agriculture on all of its properties, meaning all chemical insecticides, weed-killers, and acaricides are banned and replaced by environmentally friendly methods that better respect biodiversity and allow the vine plant to stimulate its own natural defenses.
Grapes are harvested by hand from, on average, 10-year-old vines on deep gravel and clay-limestone soil. Vinification is 3-4 weeks in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The wine is then barrel-aged for 12 months in 30% new oak.