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    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.

    List Grid

    19 Products

    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2012 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £642.47
    2012

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2012 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (94)

    An inky, bluish-black color, this wine has deep black raspberry and blueberry notes mixed with charcoal, graphite and subtle smoke. Rich, full-bodied and silky textured, this complex, stunning Pessac-Léognan from this tiny jewel of a vineyard near Haut Brion is hitting all the high notes in 2012. It should drink well for 15-20. This is another bottled wine that dramatically out-performed its barrel sample.
    As per photos ,1767905 - NOT SIB: Dirty labels Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £642.47
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2014 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £750.47
    2014

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2014 (6x75cl)

    Antonio Galloni-Vinous (95+)

    One of the stars of the vintage, the 2014 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is total knock-out. Graphite, smoke, red cherry jam, spice, cured meat, pomegranate and tobacco are just some of the myriad sensations that race out of the glass. Today, the 2014 is gloriously ample on the palate, with remarkable nuance for a wine of its size. The Carmes Haut-Brion has been terrific in two recent tastings. The blend is 54 % Cabernet Franc, 32 % Merlot and 14 % Cabernet Sauvignon, all aged in oak, but with some influence of 500-liter tonneaux and 12-hectoliter casks. Simon Blanchard is the consulting oenologist. Tasted two times.
    As per photos OWC Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    6-8 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95+ (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £750.47
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2015 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £908.87
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £908.87
    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 France

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,731.46
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,020.47
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,020.47
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (3x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £644.87
    2017

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (3x150cl)

    Decanter (96)

    Brilliant wine that continues to impress three years on from the En Primeur tasting, with a creamy but restrained texture, precise black fruits with a spicy undertow. By this point Carmes had the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc on the Left Bank, and had really started to establish its own identity. It was also using a full 40% whole bunch winemaking, choosing only the ripest stems to include in the fermentation tanks, adding a twist of salinity on the finish and ensuring a dip of around 1% in potential alcohol levels at picking (this is a hot site close to the city centre). Owned by Patrice Pichet since 2011, with Guillaume Pouthier joining as director in 2012 - whose experience in the Rhône meant he was not afraid to use stems in winemaking, something traditionally shunned in Bordeaux. This wine shows the success of that approach, giving personality and poise. Needs another few years for the austerity to soften further.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 96 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £644.87
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £599.27
    2017

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (6x75cl)

    Decanter (96)

    Brilliant wine that continues to impress three years on from the En Primeur tasting, with a creamy but restrained texture, precise black fruits with a spicy undertow. By this point Carmes had the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc on the Left Bank, and had really started to establish its own identity. It was also using a full 40% whole bunch winemaking, choosing only the ripest stems to include in the fermentation tanks, adding a twist of salinity on the finish and ensuring a dip of around 1% in potential alcohol levels at picking (this is a hot site close to the city centre). Owned by Patrice Pichet since 2011, with Guillaume Pouthier joining as director in 2012 - whose experience in the Rhône meant he was not afraid to use stems in winemaking, something traditionally shunned in Bordeaux. This wine shows the success of that approach, giving personality and poise. Needs another few years for the austerity to soften further.
    7 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 7 96 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £599.27
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (3x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £985.67
    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!
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 3x150cl 2 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £985.67
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (6x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,893.34
    2018

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (6x150cl)

    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!
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x150cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,893.34
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £841.07
    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!
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £841.07
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £458.64
    2019

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (3x75cl)

    Decanter (98)

    One of my favourite wines in 2019, immediately captivating with a lasting impression. Gorgeous dark purple in the glass with blackcurrant notes, perfumed violets, dark chocolate and hints of truffle - the old-vine Bouchet (Cabernet Franc) giving aromatic intensity on the nose and palate. Succulent straight away with ripe cherry, blood orange and pink grapefruit flavours set against soft, mouthwatering acidity and a lovely saline grip to the tannins. It's rich but just giving delicate hints in each direction of fruit, acidity, freshness, structure, mouthfeel and body. Restrained and poised, with a drinkability that makes you want a glass now, but could happily be enjoyed decades from now. Managing director Guillaume Pouthier said he simply 'Wants to make wine that is drunk' and this is eminently drinkable. A blend of 48% Cabernet Franc, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot. 3.60 pH. 80% ageing in new barrel, 9% amphora, 11% foudre. Stéphane Derenoncourt consultant.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £458.64
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £910.07
    2019

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (6x75cl)

    Decanter (98)

    One of my favourite wines in 2019, immediately captivating with a lasting impression. Gorgeous dark purple in the glass with blackcurrant notes, perfumed violets, dark chocolate and hints of truffle - the old-vine Bouchet (Cabernet Franc) giving aromatic intensity on the nose and palate. Succulent straight away with ripe cherry, blood orange and pink grapefruit flavours set against soft, mouthwatering acidity and a lovely saline grip to the tannins. It's rich but just giving delicate hints in each direction of fruit, acidity, freshness, structure, mouthfeel and body. Restrained and poised, with a drinkability that makes you want a glass now, but could happily be enjoyed decades from now. Managing director Guillaume Pouthier said he simply 'Wants to make wine that is drunk' and this is eminently drinkable. A blend of 48% Cabernet Franc, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot. 3.60 pH. 80% ageing in new barrel, 9% amphora, 11% foudre. Stéphane Derenoncourt consultant.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 98 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £910.07
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,887.46
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    +1 year

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,887.46
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £498.24
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    +1 year

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 2 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £498.24
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £847.07
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    +1 year

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £847.07
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (12x75cl)

    £1,200 - £1,440

    2021

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (94-97)

    A brilliant and intensely individual wine, the 2021 Les Carmes Haut-Brion shows immense potential. Wafting from the glass with aromas of rich berries and plums mingled with notions of raw cocoa, loamy soil, rose petals, burnt sage and vine smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, vibrant and seamless, with a deep, dynamic core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. Transcending the limitations of the vintage, it wouldn't surprise me were this wine ultimately to surpass the 2019 and 2020 in quality. It's a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot that's maturing in 70% new oak and the rest in 15-hectoliter foudres. Tasted twice.

    Bordeaux 12x75cl - 94-97 (WA) Read Review/Description

    £1,200 - £1,440

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (3x150cl)

    £600 - £720

    2021

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (3x150cl)

    Wine Advocate (94-97)

    A brilliant and intensely individual wine, the 2021 Les Carmes Haut-Brion shows immense potential. Wafting from the glass with aromas of rich berries and plums mingled with notions of raw cocoa, loamy soil, rose petals, burnt sage and vine smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, vibrant and seamless, with a deep, dynamic core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. Transcending the limitations of the vintage, it wouldn't surprise me were this wine ultimately to surpass the 2019 and 2020 in quality. It's a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot that's maturing in 70% new oak and the rest in 15-hectoliter foudres. Tasted twice.

    Bordeaux 3x150cl - 94-97 (WA) Read Review/Description

    £600 - £720

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (3x75cl)

    £230 - £275

    2021

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (94-97)

    A brilliant and intensely individual wine, the 2021 Les Carmes Haut-Brion shows immense potential. Wafting from the glass with aromas of rich berries and plums mingled with notions of raw cocoa, loamy soil, rose petals, burnt sage and vine smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, vibrant and seamless, with a deep, dynamic core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. Transcending the limitations of the vintage, it wouldn't surprise me were this wine ultimately to surpass the 2019 and 2020 in quality. It's a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot that's maturing in 70% new oak and the rest in 15-hectoliter foudres. Tasted twice.

    Bordeaux 3x75cl - 94-97 (WA) Read Review/Description

    £230 - £275

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (6x75cl)

    £467 - £560

    2021

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (94-97)

    A brilliant and intensely individual wine, the 2021 Les Carmes Haut-Brion shows immense potential. Wafting from the glass with aromas of rich berries and plums mingled with notions of raw cocoa, loamy soil, rose petals, burnt sage and vine smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, vibrant and seamless, with a deep, dynamic core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. Transcending the limitations of the vintage, it wouldn't surprise me were this wine ultimately to surpass the 2019 and 2020 in quality. It's a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot that's maturing in 70% new oak and the rest in 15-hectoliter foudres. Tasted twice.

    Bordeaux 6x75cl - 94-97 (WA) Read Review/Description

    £467 - £560

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2012 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £522.00
    2012

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2012 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (94)

    An inky, bluish-black color, this wine has deep black raspberry and blueberry notes mixed with charcoal, graphite and subtle smoke. Rich, full-bodied and silky textured, this complex, stunning Pessac-Léognan from this tiny jewel of a vineyard near Haut Brion is hitting all the high notes in 2012. It should drink well for 15-20. This is another bottled wine that dramatically out-performed its barrel sample.
    As per photos ,1767905 - NOT SIB: Dirty labels Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 94 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £522.00
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2014 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £612.00
    2014

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2014 (6x75cl)

    Antonio Galloni-Vinous (95+)

    One of the stars of the vintage, the 2014 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is total knock-out. Graphite, smoke, red cherry jam, spice, cured meat, pomegranate and tobacco are just some of the myriad sensations that race out of the glass. Today, the 2014 is gloriously ample on the palate, with remarkable nuance for a wine of its size. The Carmes Haut-Brion has been terrific in two recent tastings. The blend is 54 % Cabernet Franc, 32 % Merlot and 14 % Cabernet Sauvignon, all aged in oak, but with some influence of 500-liter tonneaux and 12-hectoliter casks. Simon Blanchard is the consulting oenologist. Tasted two times.
    As per photos OWC Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    6-8 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95+ (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £612.00
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2015 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £744.00
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £744.00
    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 France

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,416.10
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £837.00
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £837.00
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (3x150cl)
    In Bond: £524.00
    2017

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (3x150cl)

    Decanter (96)

    Brilliant wine that continues to impress three years on from the En Primeur tasting, with a creamy but restrained texture, precise black fruits with a spicy undertow. By this point Carmes had the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc on the Left Bank, and had really started to establish its own identity. It was also using a full 40% whole bunch winemaking, choosing only the ripest stems to include in the fermentation tanks, adding a twist of salinity on the finish and ensuring a dip of around 1% in potential alcohol levels at picking (this is a hot site close to the city centre). Owned by Patrice Pichet since 2011, with Guillaume Pouthier joining as director in 2012 - whose experience in the Rhône meant he was not afraid to use stems in winemaking, something traditionally shunned in Bordeaux. This wine shows the success of that approach, giving personality and poise. Needs another few years for the austerity to soften further.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 96 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £524.00
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £486.00
    2017

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2017 (6x75cl)

    Decanter (96)

    Brilliant wine that continues to impress three years on from the En Primeur tasting, with a creamy but restrained texture, precise black fruits with a spicy undertow. By this point Carmes had the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc on the Left Bank, and had really started to establish its own identity. It was also using a full 40% whole bunch winemaking, choosing only the ripest stems to include in the fermentation tanks, adding a twist of salinity on the finish and ensuring a dip of around 1% in potential alcohol levels at picking (this is a hot site close to the city centre). Owned by Patrice Pichet since 2011, with Guillaume Pouthier joining as director in 2012 - whose experience in the Rhône meant he was not afraid to use stems in winemaking, something traditionally shunned in Bordeaux. This wine shows the success of that approach, giving personality and poise. Needs another few years for the austerity to soften further.
    7 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 7 96 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £486.00
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (3x150cl)
    In Bond: £808.00
    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!
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 3x150cl 2 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £808.00
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (6x150cl)
    In Bond: £1,551.00
    2018

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (6x150cl)

    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!
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x150cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,551.00
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £687.50
    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!
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £687.50
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £375.50
    2019

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (3x75cl)

    Decanter (98)

    One of my favourite wines in 2019, immediately captivating with a lasting impression. Gorgeous dark purple in the glass with blackcurrant notes, perfumed violets, dark chocolate and hints of truffle - the old-vine Bouchet (Cabernet Franc) giving aromatic intensity on the nose and palate. Succulent straight away with ripe cherry, blood orange and pink grapefruit flavours set against soft, mouthwatering acidity and a lovely saline grip to the tannins. It's rich but just giving delicate hints in each direction of fruit, acidity, freshness, structure, mouthfeel and body. Restrained and poised, with a drinkability that makes you want a glass now, but could happily be enjoyed decades from now. Managing director Guillaume Pouthier said he simply 'Wants to make wine that is drunk' and this is eminently drinkable. A blend of 48% Cabernet Franc, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot. 3.60 pH. 80% ageing in new barrel, 9% amphora, 11% foudre. Stéphane Derenoncourt consultant.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £375.50
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £745.00
    2019

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2019 (6x75cl)

    Decanter (98)

    One of my favourite wines in 2019, immediately captivating with a lasting impression. Gorgeous dark purple in the glass with blackcurrant notes, perfumed violets, dark chocolate and hints of truffle - the old-vine Bouchet (Cabernet Franc) giving aromatic intensity on the nose and palate. Succulent straight away with ripe cherry, blood orange and pink grapefruit flavours set against soft, mouthwatering acidity and a lovely saline grip to the tannins. It's rich but just giving delicate hints in each direction of fruit, acidity, freshness, structure, mouthfeel and body. Restrained and poised, with a drinkability that makes you want a glass now, but could happily be enjoyed decades from now. Managing director Guillaume Pouthier said he simply 'Wants to make wine that is drunk' and this is eminently drinkable. A blend of 48% Cabernet Franc, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot. 3.60 pH. 80% ageing in new barrel, 9% amphora, 11% foudre. Stéphane Derenoncourt consultant.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 4 98 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £745.00
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,546.10
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    +1 year

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,546.10
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £408.50
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    +1 year

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 2 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £408.50
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £692.50
    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.
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    +1 year

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £692.50
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (12x75cl)

    £1,200 - £1,440

    2021

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (94-97)

    A brilliant and intensely individual wine, the 2021 Les Carmes Haut-Brion shows immense potential. Wafting from the glass with aromas of rich berries and plums mingled with notions of raw cocoa, loamy soil, rose petals, burnt sage and vine smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, vibrant and seamless, with a deep, dynamic core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. Transcending the limitations of the vintage, it wouldn't surprise me were this wine ultimately to surpass the 2019 and 2020 in quality. It's a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot that's maturing in 70% new oak and the rest in 15-hectoliter foudres. Tasted twice.

    Bordeaux 12x75cl - 94-97 (WA) Read Review/Description

    £1,200 - £1,440

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (3x150cl)

    £600 - £720

    2021

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (3x150cl)

    Wine Advocate (94-97)

    A brilliant and intensely individual wine, the 2021 Les Carmes Haut-Brion shows immense potential. Wafting from the glass with aromas of rich berries and plums mingled with notions of raw cocoa, loamy soil, rose petals, burnt sage and vine smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, vibrant and seamless, with a deep, dynamic core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. Transcending the limitations of the vintage, it wouldn't surprise me were this wine ultimately to surpass the 2019 and 2020 in quality. It's a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot that's maturing in 70% new oak and the rest in 15-hectoliter foudres. Tasted twice.

    Bordeaux 3x150cl - 94-97 (WA) Read Review/Description

    £600 - £720

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (3x75cl)

    £230 - £275

    2021

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (94-97)

    A brilliant and intensely individual wine, the 2021 Les Carmes Haut-Brion shows immense potential. Wafting from the glass with aromas of rich berries and plums mingled with notions of raw cocoa, loamy soil, rose petals, burnt sage and vine smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, vibrant and seamless, with a deep, dynamic core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. Transcending the limitations of the vintage, it wouldn't surprise me were this wine ultimately to surpass the 2019 and 2020 in quality. It's a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot that's maturing in 70% new oak and the rest in 15-hectoliter foudres. Tasted twice.

    Bordeaux 3x75cl - 94-97 (WA) Read Review/Description

    £230 - £275

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (6x75cl)

    £467 - £560

    2021

    Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2021 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (94-97)

    A brilliant and intensely individual wine, the 2021 Les Carmes Haut-Brion shows immense potential. Wafting from the glass with aromas of rich berries and plums mingled with notions of raw cocoa, loamy soil, rose petals, burnt sage and vine smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, vibrant and seamless, with a deep, dynamic core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. Transcending the limitations of the vintage, it wouldn't surprise me were this wine ultimately to surpass the 2019 and 2020 in quality. It's a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot that's maturing in 70% new oak and the rest in 15-hectoliter foudres. Tasted twice.

    Bordeaux 6x75cl - 94-97 (WA) Read Review/Description

    £467 - £560

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later

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