Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux 2012

A little-known neighbour of Châteaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion in the Pessac-Léognan, Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a jewel of a property remains somewhat of an insider's Bordeaux. The vineyards are planted with an unusually small quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Merlot (50%) and Cabernet Franc (40%), this is reflected in the style of the wine which is rich in aromatics and has incredible finesse. The wine spends 18 months in oak barrels, one-third of which are new each vintage.

2012 certainly not Bordeaux’s greatest vintage of all times, but it has yielded some good wines that are well-balanced and show intense fruit, precision and fine tannins. An early maturing vintage, already drinking beautifully but can be stored at least 15 more years.

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(€66,27 / liter)


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Ranked 7th in The Best of Bordeaux 2012 by leading French wine critics, Francois Gilbert and Philippe Gaillard (94-96 points) right after Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Figeac, Chateau Haut Brion, Chateau La Gaffeliére and Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.

94 points, Robert Parker 
"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."