La Tour Saint-Martin, The 2018 Vintage

It was just a few weeks ago that I published my report on some recent releases from Bertrand Minchin of La Tour Saint-Martin, with a focus largely on 2017, with one or two cuvées from prior vintages. Here I present some tasting notes on Bertrand’s most recent releases, from the 2018 vintage, featuring five of his cuvées which are already in bottle and ready to go.

These are five delicious wines which illustrate what seems to me to be the increasingly apparent superiority of the 2018 vintage. We can consider this encounter another data point in understanding more fully this vintage, along with other recently published tasting reports, including my tastings of the 2018 vintage at Bernard Baudry, the wines of the 2018 vintage from Domaine de Roches Neuves, and encounters with other entry-level wines already in bottle such as the 2018 Chinon Logis de Bouchardière from Serge and Bruno Sourdais.

La Tour Saint-Martin

Not only were these wines impressive, I was also reassured by Bertrand’s use of DIAM closures in four of the five wines, removing any concern regarding cork taint. I know some in the wine world think the screwcap closure is the path to follow with early drinking wines, but I feel just as confident about DIAM and it saves a vigneron have to completely change his approach to bottling.

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