Château Les Carmes Haut Brion 2020

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.

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

Source: Château Les Carmes Haut Brion

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The 2020 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is dazzling, but it is also a wine of reserve and understatement. I image it will be some years, at the very least, be fore the 2020 is ready to show all it has to offer.

Today, it is not particularly expressive. The aromatics, which are usually so penetrating are quite shy, although the significant presence of Cabernet Franc that distinguishes this wine comes through in its energy and sense of drive. I can't wait to taste the 2020 from bottle, and won't be at all surprised if it turns out even better than this note suggests.

         Antonio Galloni / Vinous

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Data sheet

Pessac Léognan
Delivery period
Livrable Premier Trimestre 2023
40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot
Alcohol level

Jean-Marc Quarin  -  Noté 97/100

James Suckling  -  Noté 97-98/100     

Vinous / Antonio Galloni -Noté 95-97+/100

Jeb Dunnuck  -  Noté 96-98/100

Wine Advocate / Lisa Perrotti  - Noté 95-97+/100

Decanter / Jane Anson -  Noté 96/100

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