Chateau Les Carmes - Haut Brion - red - 2012 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
94pts RP - “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-Leognan from this tiny jewel of a vineyard near Haut Brion is hitting all the high notes in 2012.” Robert Parker Jr, the Wine Advocate
A powerful, intense wine. This explosive, powerful Pessac, exceptionally beautiful, is marked by its high percentage of Cabernet Franc (38%) which is unusual in this part of Pessac, and its fabulous terroir. All of that is on full display here. Don't miss it!
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: 44% merlot, 38% cabernet franc and 18% cabernet sauvignon