Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France 2016
"Quite deep in color, it delivers the same intense and disarmingly pure bouquet it exhibited during en primeur, offering blackberry, kirsch, fig and pressed iris flowers and wonderful delineation." Neal Martin
|Grape Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot|
|Winemaker||Yves Glories - consultant|
Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016 was purchased in its original wooden case.
Les Carmes Haut-Brion is situated in very close proximity to the famed Bordeaux first growth of Haut-Brion. Its origins date back to 1854 when Lord Jean de Pontac of Haut-Brion, who was 101 years old, felt the time was ripe to prepare his way to Heaven. So he gave a watermill to the Carmes de Notre Dame. The Carmes monks ran the estate for 200 years, during which it became known as Les Carmes Haut-Brion.
After the French Revolution, the estate became public property, but was bought at the beginning of the 19th century by Léon Colin, a Bordeaux wine merchant and direct ancestor of the present owners, the Chantecaille-Furt family. Today Didier Furt and his wife Caroline run the estate, and are assisted by their charismatic daughter Pénélope.
"This vintage represents one of the largest percentages of Cabernet Franc for this wine. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it gives notes of kirsch, black raspberries and black plums with touches of cassis, violets, chocolate box and pencil shavings. The palate is medium-bodied, firm, grainy and lively with loads of layers and a long, well-poised finish." robertparker.com
"Quite deep in color, it delivers the same intense and disarmingly pure bouquet it exhibited during en primeur, offering blackberry, kirsch, fig and pressed iris flowers and wonderful delineation. The palate is medium-bodied, the new oak still prominent but sutured into the fabric of the fruit. There is a discreet sprinkling of cracked black pepper, and the finish is controlled and correct when it might easily have overreached with something more brash. This will age with style, but be warned, it will require several years in the cellar." Neal Martin