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History

Chateau La Tour de By is one of the most famous estates of the Medoc. The estate is can trace its origins back to vineyards planted at the site in the 1700s. It is located at Begadan in the north of the Medoc wine-growing appellation in close proximity to the Gironde.

Chateau La Tour de By was purchased in 1965 by the Pages, Lapalue and Cailloux families. Eventually the estate became the sole property of the Pages family when Marc Pages bought the estate outright in 1999. The estate is now run by Marc Pages grandson Frédéric Leclerc who joined the business in 2005 and his cousin Benjamin Richer de Forges who joined in 2009.

 

Chateau La Tour de By is one of the largest estates in the Medoc comprising some 109 hectares of vineyards with an average vine age of 45 years old. The vineyards are planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. There are two main vineyard sites – 65 hectares at Begadan situated 200 metres from the Gironde on gravelly soils and 44 hectares at St Chistoly on gravel, clay and limestone soils. The grapes for the grand vin are principally from the Begadan vineyards.

Chateau La Tour de By 2014 is a blend of  Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (35%) et Petit Verdot (5%) aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.

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Vineyards

The situation of these vineyards is quite stunning, overlooking the Gironde estuary. The gravel soil of the area forces the vines to set down deep roots and the wines are extremely consistent with quality fruit being the key. 

Frédéric Leclerc has 75 hectares under vine, and produces excellent full-flavoured claret with lovely aromatics which develop further with extended bottle age. This is very traditionally styled Médoc.

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 Camille Meyrou / Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Wine Producer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Câteau La Tour de By . In a tasting of  11 wines 

One of our now traditional wine friend gathering bottle share tasting all the wines blind

This session was highlighted by some very nice old vintages in different french wine region as well as a mind blowing 2007 Walla Walla Syrah 

5m 28d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Câteau La Tour de By . In a tasting of  27 wines 

Bordeaux 2019 / 2019 Château Pichon Longueville Baron
Ruby. Lush nose of cassis, blackberries, blueberries, tobacco, chocolate and truffles. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, detailed, juicy, the structure behind is hidden behind velvety fruit and rich concentration, layered and deep with an amazingly long finish. 97-99

7m 16d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Câteau La Tour de By . In a tasting of  32 wines 

The Union des Grands Crus hold the en primeur tasting at the Palmengarten in Frankfurt. A great opportunity to get some more samples to complete the tasting notes and to re-taste some of the wines tasted earlier. 

7m 30d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  2 wines  from  Câteau La Tour de By . In a tasting of  43 wines 

2013 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet / Pale lemon yellow. Lemons, vanilla, minerals, spices, some floral notes, brighter expression for Bâtard, lighter. Fresh acidity, fresh and fruity, apples and citrus with more subdued minerals beneath, detailed and long. 95p

3y 5m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Câteau La Tour de By . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

4y 10m ago

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