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When Marie-Laure Lurton inherited Chateau La Tour De Bessan years ago, the property was a mess.  In the vineyards, there was too much Cabernet Franc (almost 25% of the vineyard) planted where it did not belong, so she gradually re-planted those parcels of the vineyard over to Cabernet Sauvignon.  This was one very big improvement, and the last few vintages have been much richer and complex thanks to the addition of more Cabernet Sauvignon.  She replaced La Tour de Bessan’s musty old wine caves with a state of the art, new winery on the property (the picture on the label is of the medieval era ruins of a tower on the estate, not the winery).  She also made the decision to only use 20% new oak barrels to make La Tour de Bessan’s structure less austere in its youth, and the fruit component to the wine more pure and fleshy.  La Tour de Bessan has become better and better each vintage as a result, and the 2010, which was just released this week, is the best yet.  When I tasted the barrel sample in Bordeaux two years ago, I was so impressed that I decided to buy a several extra cases on futures to sell at the store, and I am glad I did.  The Wine Enthusiast magazine has just given the 2010 Chateau La Tour de Bessan Margaux Cru Bourgeois a 93 point, outstanding rating, and the Bordeaux broker that exports this wine has decided to raise the price $15 per bottle due to the score.  I am still offering this wine for $32.99 each or $360/case while my supplies last.  When I re-order, the price will be in the $45-$50 range.  For this quality at this price, La Tour de Bessan is the best value in the pricey neighborhood of Margaux, Bordeaux.  For those of you that keep track, the 2010 vintage is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon 33% Merlot, and now only 3% Cabernet Franc.  It is smooth enough to drink now if you decant for an hour or pour through a Vinturi aerator, and should continue to improve in the cellar for another 10 years.  If you would like to reserve some 2010 Chateau La Tour de Bessan, please contact me at drusso@gbrusso.com.       

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