Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend

9.1169 ratings
9.129 pro ratings
Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

A blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot & Cab Franc. Deep Ruby with ripe berry fruit aromas with sweet toasty notes. On the palate rich cherry & blackberry flavors that packs a punch with dusty flinty tannins that develop nicely in the glass. Lingering ending with an earthy mineral tang. Very nice, but wait a bit, still young.

A blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot & Cab Franc. Deep Ruby with ripe berry fruit aromas with sweet toasty notes. On the palate rich cherry & blackberry flavors that packs a punch with dusty flinty tannins that develop nicely in the glass. Lingering ending with an earthy mineral tang. Very nice, but wait a bit, still young.

Nov 3rd, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Tried this about 3 years ago. This was a tough vintage but they did a nice job. Dark red with aromas of black berry fruit and oaky spicy notes. Palate displays blackberry and stewed prune fruit some leather and cacao notes with fine tannins that opened quickly. Finish is medium+, soft with complex ending. Still drinking well.

Tried this about 3 years ago. This was a tough vintage but they did a nice job. Dark red with aromas of black berry fruit and oaky spicy notes. Palate displays blackberry and stewed prune fruit some leather and cacao notes with fine tannins that opened quickly. Finish is medium+, soft with complex ending. Still drinking well.

Oct 18th, 2019
Pierre Costa

The best in show. Tasted at UGC Bordeaux and it was hands down for the quality and complexity. Amazing Cabernet Franc, complex, mineral, deep, ranging from red cherry jam, mint, violets, chocolate, coffee and so on. Very long finish and round tannins.

The best in show. Tasted at UGC Bordeaux and it was hands down for the quality and complexity. Amazing Cabernet Franc, complex, mineral, deep, ranging from red cherry jam, mint, violets, chocolate, coffee and so on. Very long finish and round tannins.

Jan 28th, 2019
Ken Z
9.4

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami.  All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken.  Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together.  Many will likely improve a few points with time.

I have seen huge critical acclaim for this wine at various outlets. A great wine, that has improved in recent years, but nothing to make me purchase a case.

Drank 1/18/19 at the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event in Miami.  All wines from the 2016 Vintage.

Tasting pour, no formal notes taken.  Most of these wines are very tight, and will require 5-15 years to really come together.  Many will likely improve a few points with time.

I have seen huge critical acclaim for this wine at various outlets. A great wine, that has improved in recent years, but nothing to make me purchase a case.

Jan 23rd, 2019
Craig Stanfield

Tasty but a bit rustic on opening. Will be interesting to see if that settles down and more fruit comes through. On DAY 2, this was phenomenal and so well integrated.

Tasty but a bit rustic on opening. Will be interesting to see if that settles down and more fruit comes through. On DAY 2, this was phenomenal and so well integrated.

Aug 16th, 2018
Web Bond

Only Domaine within Bordeaux city limits.

Only Domaine within Bordeaux city limits.

Jul 21st, 2018
Web Bond

Only Domaine within Bordeaux city limits.

Only Domaine within Bordeaux city limits.

Jul 21st, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

Had another bottle, aged well. A neighbor of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, Les Carmes is positioned on the same bank. The name derives from the friars, known as ";Les Carmes"; who owned the property between the 16th & 18th century. This estate has been under new ownership since 2010. Predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc, aged for 18 months in French oak, (33% new). Red fruit and currants on the nose. Raspberry and plum flavors fine tannins and lingering finish ending with mineral tones. Nice!

Had another bottle, aged well. A neighbor of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, Les Carmes is positioned on the same bank. The name derives from the friars, known as ";Les Carmes"; who owned the property between the 16th & 18th century. This estate has been under new ownership since 2010. Predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc, aged for 18 months in French oak, (33% new). Red fruit and currants on the nose. Raspberry and plum flavors fine tannins and lingering finish ending with mineral tones. Nice!

Jan 10th, 2018
Terry Kaney

Still tight but opened nicely the second day #cabfranc

Still tight but opened nicely the second day #cabfranc

1 person found it helpfulAug 19th, 2014
Sipping Fine Wine

A little known neighbor of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, Les Carmes is positioned on the same bank. The name derives from the friars, known as ";Les Carmes"; who owned the property between the 16thand 18th century. This estate has been under new ownership since 2010. Predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 months in French oak, (33% new). Red fruit and currants on the nose. Raspberry and plum flavors with fine tannins and lingering finish ending with mineral tones. Nice!

A little known neighbor of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, Les Carmes is positioned on the same bank. The name derives from the friars, known as ";Les Carmes"; who owned the property between the 16thand 18th century. This estate has been under new ownership since 2010. Predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 months in French oak, (33% new). Red fruit and currants on the nose. Raspberry and plum flavors with fine tannins and lingering finish ending with mineral tones. Nice!

Mar 31st, 2017