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Chateau La Tour de Mons History, Overview
Chateau La Tour de Mons is one of the older estates in the Medoc as it has a history that dates back almost 1,000 years to the 13th century.
Chateau La Tour de Mons takes its name from Pierre de Mons, who renamed the property after purchasing it in 1623. Chateau La Tour de Mons remained in the same family hands until 1995 when it was sold to CA Grands Crus.
CA Grands Crus is the wine estate division of the massive French bank Credit Agricole. CA Grands Crus were already quite experienced in the Bordeaux region as they own several estates in various appellations including Pauillac, St. Estephe, and Sauternes.
However, everything changed in late 2019 when Chateau La Tour de Mons was sold to the Perrado family. Headed by Nathalie Perrado, this was an expansion of their holdings in the Margaux appellation as they already owned Chateau Marquis d’Alesme and Chateau Labegorce.
Chateau La Tour de Mons Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The sizeable 58-hectare vineyard of Chateau La Tour de Mons is planted to 56% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. This shows a change in the vineyard because previously, they had Cabernet Franc also planted in their vineyard, but those vines have been completely removed. They have a terroir of gravel, clay, and limestone soils.
They have a terroir of gravel, clay, and limestone soils. The vineyard is located in the north of the appellation in the Soussans commune.
The 58 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau La Tour de Mons is placed in one large single block of vines. Located not all that far from the Gironde river, this is a really good terroir. I wonder why the estate was not part of the 1855 Classification?
On average, the vines are 30 years of age. However, they also have old vines. Their oldest vines were planted all the way back in 1934.
Chateau La Tour de Mons is vinified in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in 40% new, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. There is a second wine, Chateau Marquis de Mons. On average, Chateau La Tour de Mons produces about 25,000 cases of wine per year.
The best vintages of Chateau La Tour de Mons are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2000.That being said, starting with the 2018 vintage, the wines of Chateau La Tour de Monshave never been better in the history of the estate. Savvy wine lovers should take a look at these wines because they sell for a song compared to their quality.
When to Drink Chateau La Tour de Mons, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau La Tour de Mons can be enjoyed on the young side with an hour or sometimes a bit more of decanting. However, the wine is usually better at 2-5 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character.
In the best years, the wine will best between 7-15 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.
Serving Chateau La Tour de Mons, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau La Tour de Mons 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 will also gently warm in the glass, releasing its aromatics.
Chateau La Tour de Mons is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. La Tour de Mons is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.
Château La Tour de Mons Wine Tasting Notes
15 Vintages 62,562 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
Flowers, wet earth, black cherries, and licorice show in the nose. On the palate, the wine is round, fresh, juicy, and fruity. The vibrant finish leaves you with black cherries, cocoa, spearmint, and licorice on the back end. The wine blends 57% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc. 14.5% ABV, 3.6 pH. Drink from 2025-2042. 91-93 Pts.
1,732 Views Tasted May 8, 2023
The nose shows flowers, mint, red currants and espresso notes. Medium-bodied with a coffee-bean, and savory-edged, red berry palate, this will be easy to enjoy on release. Drink from 2023-2034. 88-90
1,457 Views Tasted May 20, 2022
Dried flowers, spice and currants pop up in the bouquet. Medium-bodied, soft, ripe and earthy with a core of chewy, red fruits, licorice and chalky tannins, this is an insiders secret wine from the ever increasingly, expensive appellation that still sells for a very, friendly price. Savvy wine lovers should take a good look at this wine. Drink from 2023-2035.
1,622 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2023
Deep in color, the wine shows its bouquet of black currants, smoke, licorice, wet earth and oak notes easily. Lush, fleshy, ripe, and round, the fruit is fleshy, sweet and richly textured, finishing with loads of ripe blackberry notes on the mid-palate and finish. Clearly, this is a step up in class since the new owners took over. 91-93 Pts
3,031 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
Flowers, earth, sweet cherries and tobacco wrapper scents introduce the wine. On the palate, the wine is fresh, medium-bodied, forward and already delivering its savory-edged, earthy, fresh, chewy, dark red fruits with a cedar and pepper accent. Give it just a year or two and will be fully ready to go. Drink from 2024-2036.
2,383 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2022
Medium-bodied, forward and juicy, with a great sense of purity and freshness in the fruits, bringing you length, lift, loads of sweet, ripe red pit fruits in the finish. The first vintage under the new owners, the Perrado family, the wine is already showing improvement. 91-93 Pts
3,751 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
With a floral edge to the perfume, the wine is ripe, juicy, firm and fresh, with ample, sweet, ripe, earthy red pit fruits and chewy tannins. The wine has nice density and a sweet, juicy mid-palate and finish.
1,150 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Ripe, fresh and floral, with loads of juicy cassis, wet earth and dark cherries on the nose and palate. Round, and a blast of cocoa and red fruits in the finish, give this a few years before popping a cork. 90-92 Pts
4,026 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
There is brightness along with a leafy component in this soft, forward medium-bodied wine. Displaying sharp red fruits, this is relatively classic in nature.
3,459 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
Medium-bodied, floral, fresh, bright and leafy, with crisp red berries, soft tannins and an earthy, bright finish. Displaying sharp red fruits, this is classic Bordeaux in nature.
2,807 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Fresh, juicy cassis, earth and floral notes define the personality of this medium-bodied wine. Soft with polished black cherries and an espresso finish, this needs just a year or two of cellaring before reaching its full potential.
3,645 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
A top value wine from increasingly expensive Margaux appellation.. there is a soft touch to the earthy, red fruits with a nice floral component that already comes through in this forward, medium-bodied wine.
4,977 Views Tasted Sep 23, 2019
Medium-bodied, forward and on the bright side of the dark, red fruit style range, this wine has an attractive, earthy, spicy fruit characteristic. 87 - 89 Pts
3,142 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2016
Medium-bodied, soft, forward and already showing ripe, dark red fruits, earth and tobacco nuances. Round in texture, with some oak still in the forefront, this is a nice, character driven, well priced, value wine from the Margaux appellation.
3,488 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2017
Medium bodied, fresh, vibrant, lively style of wine, with a youthful, black cherry, plum, thyme and espresso bean character, round textures and fruit filled finish. Let it rest a few more years.
2,402 Views Tasted Dec 27, 2016
Fresh, floral and fun, with soft textures, ripe, fresh ripe, black raspberries, black cherries earth and tobacco with a hint of espresso. The wine is already easy to drink.
4,540 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2015
Medium bodied, the wine shows slightly firm tannins with an earthy, blackberry, espresso, plum and dark chocolate character. From a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, this should get even better with a few more years of age.
3,748 Views Tasted Nov 24, 2015
Medium bodied, fully mature, soft, easy drinking wine with freshness to the earthy, cedar and cigar box tinged, red fruits. Drink up sooner than later.
2,410 Views Tasted Dec 10, 2017
Fully mature, very light, red fruits, earth, smoke and tobacco in character, with an easy to drink finish. This is not a wine for further aging.
3,279 Views Tasted Oct 18, 2016
Slightly past its best days, still, this old-school classic offers a nice, chewy, red berry, sweet and tart character, with mildly rustic tannins and loads of earthy, forest, cigar box, tobacco, and herb notes on the nose and palate.
2,601 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2021