2005 - Ch Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan
06A5CARM _ 2005 - Ch Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château les Carmes Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2012 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl

2005 CH LES CARMES HAUT-BRION PESSAC-LÉOGNAN - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château les Carmes Haut-Brion
Region
Pessac-Léognan
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2012 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2006,
    Score: 91-93

    Meaty and rich on the nose, the palate is packed with voluptuous fruit and velvety tannins that are chewy and long lived. A very serious wine. Drink 2012 - 2022+.

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, June 2015,
    Score: 93

    This 2005 offers a fabulous bouquet of forest floor and flowers, a dark plum/ruby/purple color, and medium body. Super-intense but light on its feet, this beauty seems to be close to full maturity. Complex and cerebral, this stunner is just now drinking beautifully and should continue to do so for another 15 or more years. Drink: 2015-2030

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 92

    A gorgeous effort from this tiny gem, the 2005 Les Carmes is their best wine since 1998 and 2000. Situated in a beautiful park behind Haut-Brion, this estate fashioned a deep ruby-colored 2005 boasting a brilliantly projected set of aromatics (kirsch, smoke, scorched earth, chocolate, leafy tobacco, and creosote). Its full body is somewhat unexpected given the aromatics' delicacy andnuance. Zesty acidity, sweet tannin, and a light but substantial, classic, traditional style are found in this offering, which represents a synthesis in style between a grand cru Cote de Beaune Burgundy (such as a Corton) and a great Graves. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 91-94

    Along with the 1998 and 2000, this is a sensational effort from this tiny jewel of an estate hidden in a park just behind Haut-Brion. The deep ruby color is followed by a superb bouquet of menthol, creme de cassis, graphite, and spice (the Cabernet Franc component is strong in this cuvee). It hits the palate with a full-bodied elegance, purity, precision, and savory charm. Good acidity, sweet tannin, and an ethereal style result in a vivid, compelling Bordeaux that tastes almost Burgundian. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 91-94

    This jewel of an estate hidden in a beautiful park (with a swan-filled lake), just behind Haut-Brion, has produced the finest Les Carmes since the 1998 and 2000. The 2005's huge, fragrant nose of spring flowers, blue and red fruits, cedar, and wet rocks soars from the glass. While not a powerful blockbuster, this medium-bodied wines terrific intensity, fruit purity, elegance, delicacy, and long persistent finish suggest it will be at its finest between 2011-2025. A liqueur of elegance and grace.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
    Score: 17

    Crimson but with a slightly pale rim. Not particularly frank on the nose though certainly solid. Delicious juicy fruit on the palate though and well-judged fine tannins. There may be wines that will last a lot longer than this but it is difficult to see how this can avoid giving pleasure for many years. Relatively mild. Not dense but very nice freshness. Drink 2012-24.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2006,
    Score: 85-88

    Aromas of blackberry, tar and flowers. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Not quite 2000.

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Producer

Château les Carmes Haut-Brion

Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion is one of the tiniest and least known Pessac Leognans. Only a fraction over 4.5 hectares, it is superbly placed - a stone's throw from Haut Brion and La Mission Haut Brion. Many believe Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion is close to the style of its neighbours as the terroir is basically the same. Due to the minute quantities produced, it is not the easiest wine to find and is sought after the world over.

Region

Pessac-Léognan

Stretching from the rather unglamorous southern suburbs of Bordeaux, for 50 km along the left bank of the river Garonne, lies Graves. Named for its gravelly soil, a relic of Ice Age glaciers, this is the birthplace of claret, despatched from the Middle Ages onwards from the nearby quayside to England in vast quantities. It can feel as though Bordeaux is just about red wines, but some sensational white wines are produced in this area from a blend of sauvignon blanc, Semillon and, occasionally, muscadelle grapes, often fermented and aged in barrel. In particular, Domaine de Chevalier is renowned for its superbly complex whites, which continue to develop in bottle over decades. A premium appellation, Pessac-Leognan, was created in 1987 for the most prestigious terroirs within Graves. These are soils with exceptional drainage, made up of gravel terraces built up in layers over many millennia, and consequently thrive in mediocre vintages but are less likely to perform well in hotter years. These wines were appraised and graded in their own classification system in 1953 and updated in 1959, but, like the 1855 classification system, this should be regarded with caution and the wines must absolutely be assessed on their own current merits.