Les Carmes Haut Brion 2020
Type: Red Wine Volume: 750ml
Winery: Les Charmes Haut Brion
Country: France Region: Bordeaux
District: Pessac Leognan
Grapes Varieties: 40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot
Alcohol: Packing: Original Wooden Case of 12 bottles
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
AG=100. JS=98 Gorgeous aromas of crushed berries with orange peel. Fresh spices. Flowers. Salty. Full and so bright and vivid, with an elegance and beauty at the beginning and then it goes on and on. You see the intense fine tannins at the end. Dusty and bright. Unique wine. 55% whole cluster. 80% new wood, 10% amphora, and 10% foudra.
WA=97 The 2020 Les Carmes Haut-Brion has turned out beautifully, wafting from the glass with aromas of blackberries, red fruits, exotic spices, rose petals, raw cocoa and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and layered, it's intensely flavored but weightless, with a compelling sense of harmony and a long, orange-inflected finish. A blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Merlot, it was vinified with some 65% whole bunch and attained 13.5% alcohol. This is the first vintage where Pouthier's methods (whole bunch with weighted cap and long élevage incorporating larger vessels) were applied writ large, and the results are striking.