Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2005 is an elegant Graves and remarkably well priced relative to many left bank wines from this great vintage.
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 (surrounded by pasture and vines) 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.