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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

Pessac Léognan

Grape Variety:

Cab Sauvignon Merlot

Château Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan, 2020

6x75cl £690.00

5 cases Equiv. £115.00 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

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 convictions'. They continued with 55% whole bunch fermentations, which reduces the alcohol content and adds a sapidity. The nose offers aromas of creamy, dark cherry notes, clay, incense and crème de mûre. There’s great intensity to the palate, pure, silky, lovely chewy texture to the fruit, full of blackberries and minerals. The tannins envelope the dark mineral core weaving a gloriously detailed finale laced with Valrhona chocolate and Chambord. This really grows in stature as it unfurls in the glass. Unique and utterly intriguing. Produced from 40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Merlot aged in 80% new French oak, 11% foudres and 9% amphora.

"Clear violet edging to the colour, vibrant and enticing. This is elegant and full of personality, with high floral aromatics, a ton of dark fruits, and a blueberry dominance that gives a classic Carmes Haut Brion feel. Slightly austere, slightly bitter, both in the best possible expression of those terms, where it is mouthwatering and moreish. A juicy salinity ensures this is a wine that doesn't overpower, its flavours are revealed slowly and carefully, tugging backwards, with a texture that heads towards linen rather than silk - meaning that you don't glide through, you carefully step through well-placed tannins and fruits. There is clear delicacy here, and with 55% whole bunch fermentation - the highest level that they have done to date. 3.62pH (they harvested this at almost 1% ABV higher), fermented with their own natural yeasts. Highest percentage of the two Cabernets on recent record (before 2010 Carmes was regularly at 50% Merlot). Strong candidate for the score moving upwards when in bottle." 96/100 - Janes Anson, Decanter.com

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