Le C des Carmes Haut-Brion

Le C des Carmes Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan 2016

Bordeaux, France

Regular price$253.00
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This is one of my go to wines I purchase every year. As much as I would love to drink Carmes Haut Brion each year, the price is prohibitively high for me as it is for many. This, their second wine however, is absurdly well priced. It gives you a taste of why there is such clamour for Guillaume Pouthier's Grand Vin. Using many of the same techniques at Carmes Haut Brion itself, from a plot close to Smith Haut Laffite, this is something that I would encourage to be present in every cellar.

Style: Red Drink from: 2023
ABV: 13.0% Drink to: 2030
Packaging: OWC Stock arriving: In Stock
Critic scores
90-92 RP, 88-91 AG, 93 JS
Critic reviews
"The 2016 Le C des Carmes Haut-Brion comes from vines located in the clos over towards Martillac, rather than the vines in the original Les Carmes Haut-Brion vineyard in the Bordeaux suburbs, known as "Le Clos des Carmes Haut-Brion" up until the 2013 vintage. It is a blend of 51% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvigon and 1% Petit Verdot, matured in 30% new oak and the remainder one year old barrels. This includes 25% whole berry fruit. It offers plenty of brambly black fruit on the nose, crushed violets, fresh fig and a touch of spice that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, neatly integrated oak, a little plushness on the entry thanks to the Merlot, and then it dovetails into a more structured, gently grippy, chalk-textured finish with attractive black fruit. Give this two or three years in bottle just to shave off a little abrasiveness and you will have a fine Pessac-Léognan."
Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2017

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Critics

AG
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
AM
Allan Meadows, Burghound.com
DC
Decanter, Decanter.com
GM
Gus McLean, AbingdonFineWine.com
JA
Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com
JD
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
JR
Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com
JS
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
LPB
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, TheWineIndependent.com
NM
Neal Martin, RobertParker.com
RP
Various, RobertParker.com
TA
Tim Atkin, TimAtkin.com
VM
Various, vinous.com

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