Constructed in 1825 on the ruins of a flour mill, the Phare de By (By Lighthouse) is located 300 metres from Gironde, on land 15 meters above water level, where vines have been cultivated for centuries. At the heart of a 94-hectare family estate stands the Château de La Tour de By, the gem of Médoc elegance constructed in 1876 by Monsieur Rubichon, son-in-law of the Count of Grammont. But after being resold at the start of the 1960s to a member of parliament, Monsieur Kaskoreff, the estate was almost abandoned. Its renaissance would come in 1965 when three repatriates returning from Tunisia acquired it. Amongst them, Marc Pagès, an agronomic engineer by training, intended to restore the estate to its former glory. The following year, he met Professor Émile Peynaud who would shortly become the first consultant oenologist of the Château de la Tour de By. The desire to produce upper-end wines would soon be rewarded in 1983 with admission to the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, then in 2003 when Château de la Tour de By attained the level of "Cru Bourgeois Supérieur" (Superior Bourgeois Cru).
The unique and pure expressoin of our 3 king grape varieties of the Médoc on our most beautiful terroirs. We have selected some of our oldest vines, and whose terroir is the most revealing. Then, we favored only exceptional vintages and in limited edition.
The vintage 2020 has a deep color. It has a nice nose of fresh red black fruits. Cassis and bigarreau cherry. Complexity with raspberry notes and a varietal hint brings a nice freshness. Subtle notes of mocha. The mouth is full, rich. Nice tannic structure with lots of volume and sweetness. Balanced, dense and long.