Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan, 2016

  Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan

39% Cabernet Franc, 41% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Carmes Haut Brion is beautifully situated in the suburbs of Pessac, near to Haut Brion. Their wines have been making waves and have achieved some mighty high scores. The 2016 is certainly trying to make a statement - big, impressive, globs of glycerol, masses of extract, large-scale tannins - this is punchy stuff, but it just about works, there's enough freshness and lift and whereas in the past where one wonders whether the tannins will ever become cohesive, you can see a future here. Give it a while!

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.