This wine was a great disappointment. I was expecting something more since Michael Broadbent has pronounced this as he everyday claret. It was lacking in fruit and over-cedar'ed.
The vineyard is planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc. The estate is 75 hectares and the average age of the vines is 35 years.
The chateau was classified in 2003 as a Cru Bourgeois Superieur.
Prior to 1876, the chateau was known as La Roque de By. Pierre Tizon, lord of the fief of By, owned the estate in 1599. It stayed in his family until 1725 when it was purchased by Count Louis de Gramont. Monsieur de Lignac acquired La Tour de By in 1860 and it passed into the hands of Monsier Alfred Rubichon in 1860. Monsieur Rubichon built the present chateau in 1876. Monsieur Julien Damoy bought the chateau and died there in 1942. In December 1965, Messrs. Pages, Lapal, and Cailloux took over the chateau. Marc Pages and his children became sole owners in 1999. The "Tour", or tower in English, is a former lighthouse which was constructed in 1825 on the ruins of a windmill. Marc Pages and his son Xavier also own Chateau Noillac in Jau-Dignac-Loirac.
Colour : Dark red, brown hints
Aroma : Blackcurrant, oak, coffee, smoky
Taste : Coffee, oak, cedar, little blackcurrant and plum, drying tanins on finish and overwhelming cedar
Alcohol : 13%
Price : 134 SEK
Mark : D+
Website : Chateau La Tour de By