Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan, 2005

  Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan

The blend contains 30% Cabernet Franc which is immediately noticeable on the nose, with a distinct green pepper character behind the ripe black fruit that tumbles from the 55% of Merlot (the balance being Cabernet Sauvignon). There are also plenty of smoky oak, minerals and clear terroir to be found, while on the palate there is a very clean entry powered by loads of sweet berry fruit. Relatively high acidity and alcohol balance nicely, and when the body fills out a bit following a year in oak this will be a splendid wine.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Les Carmes Haut-Brion is located in the appellation of Pessac-Léognan.

Appellation: Pessac-Léognan

The region has one first growth, Château Haut-Brion, whilst other renowned Chateaux currently doing well are La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Haut-Bailly. Soils are gravely and well-drained and the plantations are similar in proportion to those of the Médoc, consisting mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The region is also well known for its long-lived whites that can be varying blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon oaked or unoaked. The most lauded are Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, Pape-Clement, De Fieuzal, and Laville-Haut-Brion.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc

Three of the classic Bordeaux varieties. A relatively rare blend for the right bank, where Cabernet Sauvignon plays a greater role than Cabernet Franc (Figeac being one of the few examples), while on the left bank this is most likely to crop up in the communes with cooler, damper soils such as St Estèphe.