Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018

Owner: Patrice Pichet, Operations Manager: Guillaume Pouthier Consultants : Derenoncourt Consultants

Beneath the classic elegance of the Pessac-Léognan, the great wine of the Carmelites unfolds a unique partition. The Cabernet Franc, in unprecedented proportions, offers a silky power, relayed by the intensity of the Cabernet Sauvignon. On this structure, the Merlot develops a round and fine fruit: the balances are there to guarantee a style as complex as it is greedy.

Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pride of the estate, the great wine plays a successful art of synthesis, between strength and finesse, brightness and depth.

The ten hectares of land are divided between gravel, clay and sand. On this unique geological palette, it is the affinities of the earth that have guided the grape varieties, which are also singular. Cabernet Franc (42%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (18%) were planted on either side of the stream: further on, it is Merlot (41%) that grows. A plant mosaic which founds the atypical profile of the estate.

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The 2018 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is composed of 37% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot. It was made using 52% whole cluster and has 13.75% alcohol. It is anticipated to age 18-24 months in 75% new oak barriques, 16% foudres and 9% amphorae. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is slightly broody and reduced to begin, slowly growing to reveal notions of charcoal, smoked meats, truffles and tilled soil over a core of black raspberries, warm black cherries, blackberry coulis and redcurrant jelly plus wafts of Provence herbs and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is taut and muscular, tense with latent energy, offering a rock-solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness to support the bright, vibrant fruit, finishing long and mineral laced.

Data sheet

Pessac Léognan
35% cabernet franc, 34% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot
Alcohol level
2030 - 2050

Jean-Marc Quarin  -  Noté 96/100

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Vinous / Antonio Galloni  - Noté 97/100 (mars 2021)

Jeb Dunnuck  -  Noté 100/100 (mars 2021)

Wine Advocate / Lisa Perrotti  -  Noté 96+/100 (mars 2021)

Jeff Leve  -  Noté 98/100 (mars 2021)

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