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A blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet-franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from 35 year old vines. Matured for 18 months in the barrel, from a magnificant vintage.
"Sadly, Les Carmes-Haut-Brion's 10-acre vineyard, a petit bijou (jewel), is incapable of producing significant quantities. Situated adjacent to Haut-Brion, it is a sleeper effort that deserves more attention. Cabernet Franc (40% of the blend along with Cabernet Sauvignon and a tiny dollop of Merlot) gives this wine extraordinary finesse as well as explosive aromatics.
Probably the finest Les Carmes I have ever tasted, the 2000 rachets up the level of concentration, opulence, and sumptuousness. My notes read, "a Pomerol from Pessac-Leognan?" Full-bodied, layered, and lush, with extraordinary aromatic complexity (cigar tobacco, earth, coffee, black currants, and ripe plums/prunes), stunning purity, a seamless texture, and sweet tannin, it will provide thrilling drinking between 2005-2020. A big time sleeper of the vintage."Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
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.
(PEH-sak lay-ohn-yawn) One of the top appellations within Graves, Pessac-Leognan is home to the only Graves chateau listed as a first growth in the 1855 Medoc classification - Chateau Haut-Brion. In fact, praise for the chateau dates back to the days of Thomas Jefferson, when, upon visiting the chateau in 1787, he bought 125 bottles for his cellar in Virginia. Notable Facts The...Read More About Pessac-Leognan
Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...Read More About Bordeaux Red Blends
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