2009 - Ch Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan
06A9CARM _ 2009 - 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
2014 - 2027
Case size
12x75cl
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2009 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
2014 - 2027
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,226.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH2

    Goedhuis, September 2012,
    Score: 92

    Quite simply a beauty. This is an absolute stunner. Lovely layered plum fruit aromas, this is a beautifully crafted wine which possesses the complete gambit of flavours. It is elegant and refined yet also has incredible structure with masses of nuances and complexity. Quite simply this is a class act.

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2010,
    Score: 91-94

    A relatively unknown estate, more due to its size (under 5ha of vineyards) than quality. This is a glorious wine full of ripe sweet fruits and softly rounded tannins. A well integrated wine concentrating on balance and has a very long and persistent finish. Very good.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, February 2012,
    Score: 92

    Beautiful, Burgundian-like aromas of burning embers, roasted Provencal herbs, black currants and sweet cherries and raspberries emerge from this medium-bodied, elegant 2009 Pessac-Leognan. Medium to full-bodied and seductive with sweet tannins as well as a surprisingly evolved, precocious personality (even for a 2009), it will offer delicious drinking over the next 15+ years. This is another wine in which I noticed subtle bottle variation. Drink: 2012 - 2027

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2010,
    Score: 90-92

    This ethereal, lighter-styled 2009 (no doubt because of the high Cabernet Franc content) is somewhat difficult to fully evaluate at this stage, but it exhibits beautifully sweet, pure, blue and red fruits (raspberries) in a medium-bodied format. The wine is sublime in its softness, finesse, and delicacy. It should put on weight and perform even better in a year or two, and should drink nicely for 15+ years. Drink: 2011 - 2026

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2010,
    Score: 17

    Dense purple red, concentrated and rather earthy blackcurrant nose, good broad fruit with warmth and vigour, natural tannins and acidity need to blend in with the fleshy charm and depth. Drink 2015-25.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2010,
    Score: 17.5

    Some race and savour. Glossy fruit and real succulence. Pretty dry on the finish but not exaggeratedly drying. One can see Graves here thank goodness! Intense and reasonably complex and ambitious for the long term.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2010,
    Score: 93-96

    This is gorgeous, with blackberry and licorice and spice. Full and silky-textured tannins turn chewy, but finishes with class. Best ever? So impressive.

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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.