Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin Haut Medoc Bordeaux, Complete Guide

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Chateau Tour du Haut Milon History, Overview

Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin has been owned by the popular Pitou family since they first purchased the estate all the way back in 1870. Today, Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin is managed by a direct descendant of the original founder, Louis Poitou.

In fact, Lionel Poitou and Carol Poitou are the fifth generations in their family to manage Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin. In 2013, the estate updated its image with a new, more modern, embossed design for its label.

Chateau Tour du Haut Milon Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 32 hectare Left Bank vineyard is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. The vines are on average 25 years of age. The terroir is gravel, sand, and clay soils.

The vineyard is situated inland in the Haut Medoc appellation. This places the estate in the communes of Fort Medoc and Cussac and not too far from Chateau Beaumont in the middle of both St. Julien and Margaux appellations.

To produce the wine of Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin, vinification takes place in traditional, temperature-controlled, cement tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in cement vats. The wine is then aged in about 30% new, French oak barrels for between 12 to 15 months before the wine is bottled.

The amount of time in the barrel for the aging is determined by the character and quality of the vintage. There is a second wine, Florilège de Tour du Haut-Moulin. On average, the production is close to 15,000 cases of wine per vintage of Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin.

The best vintages of Chateau Your du Haut Milon are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2005.

When to Drink Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Tour du Haut Moulin is usually better with 1-3 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. In the best years, the wine will be best between 10-15 years of age after the vintage.

Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Tour du Haut Milon is one of those Bordeaux wines that really serves up a lot of quality for the price.

Serving Chateau Tour du Haut Milon with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Tour du Haut Milon is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Tour du Haut Milon is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.

Chateau Tour du Haut Milon is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.

Château Tour du Haut-Moulin Wine Tasting Notes

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2021 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 87

Forward, soft and fresh with a medium-bodied, red currant and red plum core of fruits, this will be best in its youth to maintain all of its sweet, fresh, red fruits. Drink from 2023-2028. 86-88 87 Points

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2020 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 89

Floral and fruity on the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, chewy, sweet and fruity, with a charming, cherry and red currant edge in the rounded finish. 88-90 Pts

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2019 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 90

Flowers and red fruits with a touch of chocolate come through easily on the nose and on the soft-textured, silky, fresh, medium-bodied palate. This should be ready to go on release and drink well for at least a decade. Drink from 2022-2029. 90 Points

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2018 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 89

With a lean to the floral side on the nose, the wine is medium-bodied, fresh and offers ample juicy, bright, crisp red fruits. This will drink well young, with just a year or two of age. 88-90 Pts

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2017 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 88

A medium/full-bodied wine with an earthy, fresh, crisp red berry character, there is a dash of cocoa, a tinge of tobacco, soft tannins and a forward personality. 88 Points

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2016 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 89

Forward, fruity, medium-bodied, earthy and on the ripe, cherry side, the wine is fresh and approachable. 89 Points

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Medium/full-bodied with a sweetness, hints of chocolate, earth and plum, the round textures and dark red fruits make this already quite tasty. 89 Points

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2015 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 88

Early drinking, round, soft textured, medium-bodied, open charmer with a core of red fruits, coffee bean and earthy, leafy nuances. This is already quite easy to enjoy. 88 Points

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2014 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 89

Forward, open, medium bodied, soft, fruity and with sweet red fruits and a touch of earth in the finish. This is charming for an easy to drink wine today. 89 Points

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2012 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 88

This blend of this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot is just starting to wake up. Rich in color, the ripe, dark fruits, paired with its thyme, smoke, coffee bean and earthy, full bodied charm should be at peak in a few years. This is nice, Left Bank Bordeaux that sells for a very fair price. 88 Points

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2010 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 86

Easy drinking quaffer, with classic Medoc character and some rusticity and oak in the crisp, fruit filled finish. 86 Points

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2009 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 88

Medium/full bodied with tannins and structure for further aging, the wine offers an earthy, ripe, cassis and blackberry profile with thyme and espresso notes which add to its mix. 88 Points

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2005 Château Tour du Haut-Moulin  (Haut-Médoc) 90

For a mature Left Bank Bordeaux, from 2005, that remains value priced, there is a lot to like here with its ripe, dark berry, tobacco, earth and spicy profile. The wine has body, firm, ripe tannins and dark, red fruits in the finish. There is no reason to wait any longer on this wine. 90 Points

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