Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan, 2018

  Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan

This was our first visit to Les Carmes Haut Brion and what an education it was. Guillaume Pouthier emerged from his submarine whilst stroking his white Persian cat. Sorry that was our imagination running away… The team here may have a Philippe Starck designed winery complete with piranha infested moat, but they are not members of SPECTRE. In fact, they are very charming people making very interesting wines. These suburban vineyards comprised of Mindel gravels on clay and limestone are planted with 39% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot. Guillaume described it as 'a vintage of conviction'. He had to make some bold choices. First they decided to decrease extractions to enhance aromatics, there was no pumping over or pigeage - he described it as a ‘passive extraction’. They continued with 50% whole bunch fermentations that reduces the alcohol content and adds a sapidity. The nose offers aromas of wild hedgerow fruit, kirsch and herbs. This is really quite juicy and plump with an abundance of creamy, sexy, dark fruits, lots of plums and sweetness on the palate, vibrant dark berries; there is plenty of lift and tension. There is a real persistence to the fruit as well as a salty precision to the tannins. Very good. Produced from 37% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot and aged in 75% new oak barrels, 16% foudres and 9% amphorae.

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: Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc | Merlot

A combination of three classic Bordelais grapes. The Cabernet lends weight and structure, the Petit Verdot softens and colours. A match made in heaven.