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Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan, 2017

  Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan

Carmes Haut Brion has received a lot of praise from critics in recent vintages, so we have been keeping an eye on progress. The last two vintages were extremely impressive, but felt a little forced; the 2017 seems to have reigned in some of that ambition and is much more convincing and appealing prospect as a result. Produced from 41% Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot and raised in a mixture of stainless steel, wooden and concrete thermoregulated tanks with whole berry and some whole bunch macerations with gentle pigeage, there is tremendous extract here without any course flavours or tannins. Ample sweet black fruit, gravel, cassis, black cherry; it is all very seductive and refined. The tannin management is a big improvement, there is nothing rough or drying, one is left with pure fruit pastels, blackcurrant, griotte and stones. Modern but very accomplished.

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.