Carmes Haut Brion

2016 Carmes Haut Brion Carmes Haut Brion

  • Color:
    Red
  • Appellation:
    Pessac Leognan
  • Volume:
    0.75L
  • Grape Type:
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
  • Packaging:
    OWC x 3
  • Stock Location:
    France
€131
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Wine Critics Notes:

Vinous - Score: 96 (43466)

The 2016 Les Carmes Haut-Brion was deeply impressive out of barrel. Now in bottle, does it meet my admittedly high expectations? Yes. Quite deep in color, it delivers the same intense and disarmingly pure bouquet it exhibited during en primeur, offering blackberry, kirsch, fig and pressed iris flowers and wonderful delineation. The palate is medium-bodied, the new oak still prominent but sutured into the fabric of the fruit. There is a discreet sprinkling of cracked black pepper, and the finish is controlled and correct when it might easily have overreached with something more brash. This will age with style, but be warned, it will require several years in the cellar.