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