Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

About Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

In 1584, Jean de Pontac, the Lord of Haut-Brion donated several acres of meadows and vines to the Carmelite Order, therein planting the seed that would eventually become Château les Carmes Haut-Brion.  A lesser known neighbour of châteaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion in the Pessac-Léognan region of Bordeaux, Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a jewel of a property, positioned on the same bank of gravel (graves) as its more famous namesakes. The estate was confiscated during the French Revolution and purchased by the Léon Colin in 1840. Château les Carmes Haut-Brion remained under the same ownership until 2010, when it was acquired by Patrice Pichet in 2010, who added more acreage to the estate, replanted the vineyards to a higher vine density and improved their winemaking facilities.  In addition to producing a red grand vin named Château les Carmes Haut-Brion, the estate produces the red second wine Le C des Carmes.

Viniculture

Named for the order of monks who owned the property in centuries gone by, Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion has the highest proportion of Cabernet Franc planted in its vineyard across the entire Left Bank. Its terroir is classical Pessac-Léognan in all its majesty – two sloping banks of deep gravel bound by rich clay and sand, giving rise to wines which, although requiring patience to unfurl, are amongst the finest expressions of the style in modern Bordeaux.

Under the watchful eye of highly renowned consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt, there has been a significant shift towards biodynamic practices at the estate as well as modern advances in the winery such as aging in clay amphoras. Completed for the 2015 vintage and designed by Philippe Starck, Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion's state-of-the-art winery and cellar are partially submerged under the estate’s natural lake to give the impression of a ship’s hull.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2015 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,168.07
2015

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2015 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97)

Very polished and poised with an immensely powerful core of tannin that drives incredible length on the palate. Fruits are deep in the dark-berry spectrum, encapsulating a terrific sense of freshness through the finish. Great wine. Try from 2024.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,168.07
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,731.46
2016

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

Readers looking for the next superstar in Bordeaux need to jump on the bandwagon of Les Carmes Haut-Brion, who have produced one of the wines of the vintage in 2016. The 2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion checks in as a blend of 41% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 13.8% natural alcohol and spent 22 months in 65% new French oak. Its deep purple color is followed by a complex bouquet of high-class smoke tobacco, decaying flowers, charcoal, gravelly minerality and loads of sweet black and blue fruit. Possessing full-bodied richness, flawless integration of its acidity, fruit, and ultra-fine tannins, and a blockbuster finish, this is another 2016 that possess both power and elegance. Do your best to hide bottles for 5-7 years and it will keep for 3-4 decades. Don’t miss it. Tasted twice.
In Stock in Bordeaux

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,731.46
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,067.27
2016

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

Readers looking for the next superstar in Bordeaux need to jump on the bandwagon of Les Carmes Haut-Brion, who have produced one of the wines of the vintage in 2016. The 2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion checks in as a blend of 41% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 13.8% natural alcohol and spent 22 months in 65% new French oak. Its deep purple color is followed by a complex bouquet of high-class smoke tobacco, decaying flowers, charcoal, gravelly minerality and loads of sweet black and blue fruit. Possessing full-bodied richness, flawless integration of its acidity, fruit, and ultra-fine tannins, and a blockbuster finish, this is another 2016 that possess both power and elegance. Do your best to hide bottles for 5-7 years and it will keep for 3-4 decades. Don’t miss it. Tasted twice.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,067.27
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (3x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £616.07
2017

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (3x150cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (93-96)

The 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is subtle and understated, but it’s all there. Lifted aromatics, bright, red-toned fruit and silky tannins add to the wine's brilliant, chiseled personality. I find the 2017 more precise and nuanced than in the recent past, with less overt power. It's hard to know exactly if the style of the 2017 is a result of the growing conditions of the year, or the result of an evolution in winemaking that includes the introduction of terra cotta, among other things. I certainly get the sense Guillaume Pouthier reined the wine back a bit in 2017. No matter. The end result is all that counts, and in 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is positively stellar. As always, the high percentage of Cabernet Franc and a healthy dollop of whole clusters give Les Carmes an explosive bouquet and plenty of saline-infused energy. A closing flourish of sweet red berry fruit, mint, rose petal and mocha leaves a lasting impression. The 2017 is not an obvious wine, but it sure is gorgeous. Don't miss it! Tasted two times.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 93-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £616.07
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £564.47
2017

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (93-96)

The 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is subtle and understated, but it’s all there. Lifted aromatics, bright, red-toned fruit and silky tannins add to the wine's brilliant, chiseled personality. I find the 2017 more precise and nuanced than in the recent past, with less overt power. It's hard to know exactly if the style of the 2017 is a result of the growing conditions of the year, or the result of an evolution in winemaking that includes the introduction of terra cotta, among other things. I certainly get the sense Guillaume Pouthier reined the wine back a bit in 2017. No matter. The end result is all that counts, and in 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is positively stellar. As always, the high percentage of Cabernet Franc and a healthy dollop of whole clusters give Les Carmes an explosive bouquet and plenty of saline-infused energy. A closing flourish of sweet red berry fruit, mint, rose petal and mocha leaves a lasting impression. The 2017 is not an obvious wine, but it sure is gorgeous. Don't miss it! Tasted two times.
9 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 9 93-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £564.47
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (3x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £863.27
2018

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (3x150cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2018 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a rock star of a wine and is based on a unique blend of 37% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 29% Merlot that was brought up in 80% new French oak. Offering a deep ruby/purple color as well as a thrilling bouquet of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, chocolate, violets, damp earth, and truffle, it hits the palate with a full-bodied yet almost understated, building style that carries ripe, supple tannins, gorgeous amounts of smoky black fruits, and an endearing, layered, multi-dimensional texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. A dead ringer for a great vintage of Haut-Brion, it is far from unapproachable today yet needs 7-8 years of bottle age for the fireworks to develop and will have 50-years or more of longevity! Hats off to Guillaume Pouthier for a magical, seamless, singular beauty!
Delivery to Storage from 26 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £863.27
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £817.07
2018

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2018 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a rock star of a wine and is based on a unique blend of 37% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 29% Merlot that was brought up in 80% new French oak. Offering a deep ruby/purple color as well as a thrilling bouquet of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, chocolate, violets, damp earth, and truffle, it hits the palate with a full-bodied yet almost understated, building style that carries ripe, supple tannins, gorgeous amounts of smoky black fruits, and an endearing, layered, multi-dimensional texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. A dead ringer for a great vintage of Haut-Brion, it is far from unapproachable today yet needs 7-8 years of bottle age for the fireworks to develop and will have 50-years or more of longevity! Hats off to Guillaume Pouthier for a magical, seamless, singular beauty!
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £817.07
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £713.87
2019

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (96)

Inky purple in colour colour, with peony and iris aromatics, then a whoosh of freshness that makes your mouth water before you are even halfway through. This is extremely impressive, well balanced, with fine tannins and real discretion but hidden power and depths. Clear floral character, with an austerity that makes you celebrate minerality. There are gourmet touches but the focus is rather on slate, rosemary, crushed stones with hints of chocolate shavings alongside the damson and blackberry fruit. 3.56ph, 80% in casks, 11% 20hl wood and 9% amphoras, 55% whole bunch fermentation (which brings the alcohol down to this relatively low level for the estate's location). A wine to surprise those who think Bordeaux can't deliver understatement. Tannin count of 82IPT.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Sep 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £713.87
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,731.46
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,731.46
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £413.03
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £413.03
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £850.67
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £850.67
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2015 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £960.00
2015

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2015 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97)

Very polished and poised with an immensely powerful core of tannin that drives incredible length on the palate. Fruits are deep in the dark-berry spectrum, encapsulating a terrific sense of freshness through the finish. Great wine. Try from 2024.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £960.00
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £1,416.10
2016

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

Readers looking for the next superstar in Bordeaux need to jump on the bandwagon of Les Carmes Haut-Brion, who have produced one of the wines of the vintage in 2016. The 2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion checks in as a blend of 41% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 13.8% natural alcohol and spent 22 months in 65% new French oak. Its deep purple color is followed by a complex bouquet of high-class smoke tobacco, decaying flowers, charcoal, gravelly minerality and loads of sweet black and blue fruit. Possessing full-bodied richness, flawless integration of its acidity, fruit, and ultra-fine tannins, and a blockbuster finish, this is another 2016 that possess both power and elegance. Do your best to hide bottles for 5-7 years and it will keep for 3-4 decades. Don’t miss it. Tasted twice.
In Stock in Bordeaux

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,416.10
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £876.00
2016

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

Readers looking for the next superstar in Bordeaux need to jump on the bandwagon of Les Carmes Haut-Brion, who have produced one of the wines of the vintage in 2016. The 2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion checks in as a blend of 41% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon that hit 13.8% natural alcohol and spent 22 months in 65% new French oak. Its deep purple color is followed by a complex bouquet of high-class smoke tobacco, decaying flowers, charcoal, gravelly minerality and loads of sweet black and blue fruit. Possessing full-bodied richness, flawless integration of its acidity, fruit, and ultra-fine tannins, and a blockbuster finish, this is another 2016 that possess both power and elegance. Do your best to hide bottles for 5-7 years and it will keep for 3-4 decades. Don’t miss it. Tasted twice.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £876.00
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (3x150cl)
In Bond: £500.00
2017

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (3x150cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (93-96)

The 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is subtle and understated, but it’s all there. Lifted aromatics, bright, red-toned fruit and silky tannins add to the wine's brilliant, chiseled personality. I find the 2017 more precise and nuanced than in the recent past, with less overt power. It's hard to know exactly if the style of the 2017 is a result of the growing conditions of the year, or the result of an evolution in winemaking that includes the introduction of terra cotta, among other things. I certainly get the sense Guillaume Pouthier reined the wine back a bit in 2017. No matter. The end result is all that counts, and in 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is positively stellar. As always, the high percentage of Cabernet Franc and a healthy dollop of whole clusters give Les Carmes an explosive bouquet and plenty of saline-infused energy. A closing flourish of sweet red berry fruit, mint, rose petal and mocha leaves a lasting impression. The 2017 is not an obvious wine, but it sure is gorgeous. Don't miss it! Tasted two times.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 93-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £500.00
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £457.00
2017

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (6x75cl)

Antonio Galloni - Vinous (93-96)

The 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is subtle and understated, but it’s all there. Lifted aromatics, bright, red-toned fruit and silky tannins add to the wine's brilliant, chiseled personality. I find the 2017 more precise and nuanced than in the recent past, with less overt power. It's hard to know exactly if the style of the 2017 is a result of the growing conditions of the year, or the result of an evolution in winemaking that includes the introduction of terra cotta, among other things. I certainly get the sense Guillaume Pouthier reined the wine back a bit in 2017. No matter. The end result is all that counts, and in 2017 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is positively stellar. As always, the high percentage of Cabernet Franc and a healthy dollop of whole clusters give Les Carmes an explosive bouquet and plenty of saline-infused energy. A closing flourish of sweet red berry fruit, mint, rose petal and mocha leaves a lasting impression. The 2017 is not an obvious wine, but it sure is gorgeous. Don't miss it! Tasted two times.
9 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 9 93-96 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £457.00
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (3x150cl)
In Bond: £706.00
2018

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (3x150cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2018 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a rock star of a wine and is based on a unique blend of 37% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 29% Merlot that was brought up in 80% new French oak. Offering a deep ruby/purple color as well as a thrilling bouquet of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, chocolate, violets, damp earth, and truffle, it hits the palate with a full-bodied yet almost understated, building style that carries ripe, supple tannins, gorgeous amounts of smoky black fruits, and an endearing, layered, multi-dimensional texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. A dead ringer for a great vintage of Haut-Brion, it is far from unapproachable today yet needs 7-8 years of bottle age for the fireworks to develop and will have 50-years or more of longevity! Hats off to Guillaume Pouthier for a magical, seamless, singular beauty!
Delivery to Storage from 26 Nov 2021

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £706.00
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £667.50
2018

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2018 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a rock star of a wine and is based on a unique blend of 37% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 29% Merlot that was brought up in 80% new French oak. Offering a deep ruby/purple color as well as a thrilling bouquet of blackcurrants, smoked tobacco, chocolate, violets, damp earth, and truffle, it hits the palate with a full-bodied yet almost understated, building style that carries ripe, supple tannins, gorgeous amounts of smoky black fruits, and an endearing, layered, multi-dimensional texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. A dead ringer for a great vintage of Haut-Brion, it is far from unapproachable today yet needs 7-8 years of bottle age for the fireworks to develop and will have 50-years or more of longevity! Hats off to Guillaume Pouthier for a magical, seamless, singular beauty!
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £667.50
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £581.50
2019

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (96)

Inky purple in colour colour, with peony and iris aromatics, then a whoosh of freshness that makes your mouth water before you are even halfway through. This is extremely impressive, well balanced, with fine tannins and real discretion but hidden power and depths. Clear floral character, with an austerity that makes you celebrate minerality. There are gourmet touches but the focus is rather on slate, rosemary, crushed stones with hints of chocolate shavings alongside the damson and blackberry fruit. 3.56ph, 80% in casks, 11% 20hl wood and 9% amphoras, 55% whole bunch fermentation (which brings the alcohol down to this relatively low level for the estate's location). A wine to surprise those who think Bordeaux can't deliver understatement. Tannin count of 82IPT.
Delivery to Storage from 30 Sep 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £581.50
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £1,416.10
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,416.10
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £337.50
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £337.50
Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £695.50
2020

Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark and forest flowers, too. Great potential.
Delivery to Storage from 31 Oct 2023

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £695.50

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