Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion Pessac Leognan – 2015

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Wine Information

Region

France > Bordeaux > Graves > Pessac-Leognan

Producer

Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion

Type

Red

Grape

Bordeaux Blend Red

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Vineyard

Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion

Producer

Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion

Appellation

Péssac-Léognan

Designation

AOP

Classification

Cuvee Bottling


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Tasting notes

Robert Parker
Tasted: 21/02/2018
Drink: 2021-2039


"The 2015 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a blend of 44% Cabernet Franc, 32% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 24 months in 80% new and 20% one-year-old oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has pronounced notes of crushed black and red currants, warm blackberries and black pepper with touches of cedar chest, pencil lead and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, very fine and with plenty of black and red fruit layers, it has a plush backbone and seamless acid, finishing earthy."


Robert Parker
Tasted: 28/09/2017
Drink: 2025-2050


The 2015 Les Carmes Haut Brion is a blend of 30% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon that was cropped at 25 hl/ha between 24 September and 11 October. This vintage includes around 45% whole cluster fruit and it went through a four-week ferment with just one pump-over and one pigeage, using a bladder inside the tank to submerge the cap (like an infusion tea)...

...It is aged 10% in clay amphora and 90% in oak barrels, which includes 20% in Stockinger barrels, around 60% new wood. The alcohol degree is 14% and a pH of 3.7. "This vintage is very sensual because of the softness of tannin. I think it is very typical of Pessac," ex-Chapoutier winemaker Guillaume Pouthier told me. The nascent wine is inky purple in color. The nose is very closed and demands a lot of coaxing from the glass, reluctantly giving up black cherries, cassis and iodine scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, extremely pure, hints of black olive and Japanese nori infusing the black fruit. It has a very fine structure with good grip on the finish. The Cabernet Franc comes through strongly here, defining the start and finish and in some ways, it needs the Merlot to become more expressive to "fill in the gaps." Of course, that is precisely what élevage is for. This is an intriguing Pessac-Léognan that reminds me of Pomerol (Lafleur perhaps?). Difficult to judge now, I look forward to retasting this once in bottle, because it may well deserve a higher score.


Vinous
Tasted: 04/01/2016
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Author: Antonio Galloni


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JancisRobinson.com
Tasted: 23/01/2019
Drink: 2024-2040


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Area under vines: 13,63 hectares
Soils: Gravel, clay and sand
Production: 30 000 bottles a year
Ageing: in 60% new oak for 18 to 24 months
Grape varieties:
  • Merlot 45%
  • Cabernet Franc 40%
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 15%

Second wine: Le Clos des Carmes Haut-Brion

Contact details

Name

Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion

Address

20-Rue des Carmes, 33000 Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

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20-Rue des Carmes, 33000 Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
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