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2016 Château Les Carmes Haut Brion

ITEM 8026708 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
2 $150
Item Sold Amount Date
I8059481 2 $150 Jan 9, 2022
I8025575 1 $145 Dec 12, 2021
I8006526 1 $160 Nov 21, 2021
I8006526 1 $150 Nov 21, 2021
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RATINGS

99Jeb Dunnuck

...complex bouquet of high-class smoke tobacco, decaying flowers, charcoal, gravelly minerality and loads of sweet black and blue fruit. Possessing full-bodied richness, flawless integration of its acidity, fruit, and ultra-fine tannins, and a blockbuster finish, this is another 2016 that possess both power and elegance... Don’t miss it...

98Vinous / IWC

... Breathtaking in its beauty...stunning aromatic and flavor intensity. Red cherry jam, wild flowers, mint, blood orange and sage...vivid, statuesque, exotic wine that takes over all the senses as it delivers tons of pure pleasure...

97James Suckling

Terrific ripeness, depth and complexity... This has a very attractive array of bright, ripe blueberries and cassis with some leafy and earthy notes. The palate has a quite deep, long and vibrant array of perfectly ripe dark plums and blueberries. So good...

96Wine Spectator

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...

95+ The Wine Advocate

...kirsch, black raspberries and black plums with touches of cassis, violets, chocolate box and pencil shavings. The palate is medium-bodied, firm, grainy and lively with loads of layers and a long, well-poised finish.

17Jancis Robinson

... Juicy fruit. Rather sweeter than most of its peers. Solid and with lots to give. Thrummingly vibrant. Very mineral – chewy but convincing.

PRODUCER

Château Les Carmes Haut Brion

Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a 12-acre estate in Pessac, in the Pessac-Leognan appellation of Bordeaux. It was founded in 1584, when a 101-year-old aristocrat decided to give part of his estate to a community of friars called Les Carmes. They owned the vineyard until the French Revolution and it is today owned by the La Patromoniale of Group Pichet, a large real estate concern. Vineyards are planted to 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The estate makes only about 4,000 bottles annually of its flagship Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, and Robert M. Parker Jr. has called it “a tiny gem of an estate (that) offers superb wines…They owe their extraordinary finesse as well as explosive aromatics to their relatively high percentage of Cabernet Franc.”

REGION

France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan

Pessac-Léognan was created in 1987 from the northern part of the left bank Graves appellation. Before then it was simply part of Graves, or sometimes it was called Haut-Graves. Unlike many other Bordeaux appellations, Pessac-Léognan is known for both red and dry white wines, although its reds are more famous. The appellation includes ten communes and the area’s most important châteaux, including Château Haut-Brion, the only non-Médoc estate included in the 1855 Bordeaux classification. There are 2,964 acres of vineyards in Pessac-Léognan and 16 classified growth estates. The main red grapes grown are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, along with a small amount of Cabernet Franc. White grapes grown are Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with a little Muscadelle. Pessac-Léognan is considered to have the best terroir of the greater Graves region.