La Tour Melas

Ripe blackberry and dark fruits go head to head in a graphite-scented bouquet that is an absolute beauty. 

La Tour Melas 2017

Vintage 2017 Release (PDF)

Tasting Notes

Intense nose of black fruits with notes of eucalyptus and violets, here again the Cabernet Franc excels with its purity. Tension and structure give exceptional freshness and length to the wine. The abundant but refined tannins and the high level of savoury fruit bound together in a velvety and deep structure.


Clay and limestone. Organic farming

Total precipitation

550 mm (considered sparse) mainly during spring and early summer

Age of vines

5-17 years


60% Cabernet Franc 40% Merlot


30 to 38hL/ha

Date of picking

Merlot: 09 - 20/08/17 - Cabernet Franc 17/08 - 13/09/17

Bottle sizes

75cL and 150cL


4800 bottles 75cL - 180 bottles 150cL


  • Hand cropping, intra-parcellation
  • The different micro-lots ferment in open top barrels with wild yeasts
  • Malolactic fermentation in barrels
  • No finning, no filtration, total sulphites <100mg/l


22 months in 225L barrels, 100% french oak, 70% new oak

Decanter World Wine Award 2014

Silver for La Tour Melas 2011

Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013

Bronze for La Tour Melas 2010

China Wine and Spirits Awards, Best Value, 2014

Gold Medal for La Tour Melas 2011

Sommelier Wine Awards 2013

Silver for La Tour Melas 2008

Sommelier Wine Awards 2013

Silver for La Tour Melas 2010

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013

Bronze for La Tour Melas 2010

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