Chateau Les Carmes - C de Carmes Haut Brion - red - 2017 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
90-91pts JS - “A pretty and clean red with currants and hints of chocolate. Hazelnuts, too. Medium body and a solid center palate.” James Suckling
It is matured in 30% new oak, 60% one-year and 10% amphora. It has a very perfumed, quite generous bouquet with wild strawberry, vanilla pod, blueberry and subtle damp clay aromas. The palate conveys a fine sense of energy on the entry. Then it delivers very edgy, almost chalky tannin that frame the dark berry fruit, hints of brown spice and a typically reduced finish that indicates this will require four or five years in bottle. Very fine.
Shortly before he shuffled off his mortal coil, at the age of 101, Jean de Pontac, Lord of the Manor of Haut-Brion, considered he had to earn his seat in heaven. In 1584, he therefore donated a water-mill, surrounded by meadows and wines, to the Carmelites of Haut-Brion. The Friars kept the name "Haut-Brion" for 200 years, before common usage gradually changed it into "Carmes Haut-Brion". It was bought at the beginning of the last century by Léon Colin, a wine negociant in Bordeaux and a direct ancestor of the current owners, the Chantecaille-Furt family.
From: France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan
Variety: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot.