Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, 2005

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France

Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, 2005

Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Merlot 60%, Cabernet Franc 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Wine Style: Left Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Yves Glories - consultant Optimum Drinking: 2017-2028 Reviewer Rating: 92 Reviewer: Code: 102432 Alcohol: 13.5%
Estate Notes

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.


"A gorgeous effort from this tiny gem, the 2005 Les Carmes is their best wine since 1998 and 2000. Situated in a beautiful park behind Haut-Brion, this estate fashioned a deep ruby-colored 2005 boasting a brilliantly projected set of aromatics (kirsch, smoke, scorched earth, chocolate, leafy tobacco, and creosote). Its full body is somewhat unexpected given the aromatics’ delicacy and nuance. Zesty acidity, sweet tannin, and a light but substantial, classic, traditional style are found in this offering, which represents a synthesis in style between a grand cru Cote de Beaune Burgundy (such as a Corton) and a great Graves."