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Originally established in 1879 as part of a larger Figeac Estate , it was sold to the Rettenmaier family in 1973, which is the beginning of its modern history. All wines are produced from the now 14.5 hectare estate, situated in the Right Bank Bordeaux appellation of Saint-Emilion. Near the fabled region of Pomeral, the property sits between Chateau Figeac, and the iconic Chateau Cheval Blanc. The property is named for a 19th century tower, that still stands by the main road connecting the Chateau to its neighbours.



Farmed Biodynically the estate is planted to 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. Annual production totals around 4,500 cases, with around 1200-1500 cases being the L’Esquisse de La Tour Figeac. Production is a delicate balance between traditional methods, and modern techniques. Philosophically, the focus is on the vineyard; beginning with the best fruit possible. The vineyard has clay subsoils, with a sandy gravel top soil, enabling excellent drainage, and the retention of warmth from the sun. Vines average 35 years. Old vines are typically replaced by Cabernet Franc. Spacing is tight, with just under 8000 vines per hectare. This stresses the vines just enough to intensify and concentrate the attributes of the fruit. Official organic certification was achieved in 2018 and certified by Ecocert France. Fermentation is gentle. Tannins and colours are extracted by the employment of cap punchdowns, as well as pump over. Both secondary, malolactic fermentation, and aging is conducted on the lees in barrels, 1/3 new. Aging is typically for 13-15 months for La Tour, and 10-13 months for L’Esquisse.



Today, the German Rettenmaier family continues to own and operate the property. Since 1994, Otto Maximilian Rettenmair has managed the business. Today consulting winemakers Chrstine and Stephane Derenoncour oversee production


L’Esquisse de la Tour Figeac


This is the second wine of the Château la Tour Figeac. The name means “The Sketch of the Tour Figeac” assuming the final painting is the first wine. Made from 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet France, this wine sees a percentage of new oak, which is not particularly apparent in the nose, nor on the palate. Medium-bodied, this has medium-soft tannins, black to purple fruit including plums, currants, cola, cocoa, purple flowers, subtle baking spice, and slight cigar box. It is clean without being sterile, with very well-integrated acid and acid. This would be perfect with a hanger steak and shallots, miny lamb meatballs, and thick pasta with mushrooms in brown sauce.

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