Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2016

Bordeaux

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  667915
$399.85
RP
95-97
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    The 2016 Les Carmes Haut Brion is a blend of 41% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Merlot, with 13.8% alcohol and a pH of 3.55, the lowest acidity for many years. It was vinified in their Philippe Starck-designed 'submarine' (this is what their aesthetically arresting winery looks like as it surfaces in the Bordeaux city suburbs!) with 48% whole berry fruit. Winemaker Guillaume Pouthier (ex-Chapoutier) showed me a large inflatable ring used to submerge the cap to create more of an 'infusion' rather than a maceration. The 2016 is matured in 65% new oak, 30% one year old and 5% in amphora. It has a very pure, very attractive bouquet with ample blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry and fresh fig aromas, a little more extravagant than some other Pessac-Léognan 2016s, yet it maintains impressive control and focus. It develops more pressed flower aromas with time. The palate is medium-bodied with tannins that gently grip the mouth, tertiary notes on the entry, fine acidity vis-à-vis the fruit, then a slight tarriness towards the broody black fruit on the saline, marine-influenced finish. It is an intriguing take on the vintage, classic in style like many others, detailed with impressive complexity. You know, it is not a million miles away from Lafleur in Pomerol, but in the same sense, it will require a decade in bottle to show what it can do. It is a new benchmark for this estate with big ambitions. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink Date: 2026-2050. Score - 95-97. (Neal Martin, robertparker.com, April 28, 2017)

    PRODUCT DETAILS

    Release Date:
    January 22, 2019
    750 mL bottle
    Alcohol/Vol:
    13.5%
    Made In:
    Bordeaux, France
    By:
    Nath. Johnston & Fils
    Sweetness Descriptor:
    XD - Extra Dry
    Varietal:
    Bordeaux

    PRODUCT DETAILS

    Release Date:
    January 22, 2019
    750 mL bottle
    Alcohol/Vol:
    13.5%
    Made In:
    Bordeaux, France
    By:
    Nath. Johnston & Fils
    Sweetness Descriptor:
    XD - Extra Dry
    Varietal:
    Bordeaux