Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion 2016
Blend: 41% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
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This offers alluring waves of ganache-tinged plum sauce, blackberry reduction and steeped açaí fruit flavors, while tobacco and singed mesquite notes hang in the background. Shows a lovely bramble echo through the finish, with the fruit easily keeping pace. This has range, distinctive mouthfeel and serious length. There's a new player officially in the Pessac game... Best from 2023 through 2038.
Here is an impressively layered offering that is already showing considerable richness and range as well as a great deal of fruity substance and stuffing. Its concentrated aromas of blackcurrants, rich oak and sweet loamy soil are lightly accented by a touch of dark chocolate, all of which are elements that come through without hesitation in its terrifically long flavors, and, if a wine of significant promise, the wine shows beautifully now and cellaring it away for the half-dozen years it minimally deserves will prove to be no easy task.
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.