C Des Carmes Haut Brion 2017 (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
91 DE / 89 VM / 89 JS
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The vines for the second wine of Carmes Haut Brion are in Léognan, a good mile or so away from the main estate. As with the main wine, they work on tension, freshness and purity, helped by 25% whole-bunch pressing. There are some gorgeous floral aromatics of peony and iris that jump out of the glass, with a touch of reduction on the first nose before the fruit comes through. Easy to drink, it has the gloss of Pessac but is approachable and enjoyable. It's not sold En primeur but is released two years after harvest. Aged in 30% new oak. 3.55pH.
The 2017 Le C des Carmes Haut-Brion has a deep hue in the glass. The powerful nose, when served blind, might come from say, Cornas! It eventually reveals more nuance. The palate is well balanced with fine tannins, quite pure, rounded in style, silky smooth with bulbous, red berry fruit laced with white pepper and thyme on the finish. Very fine. Tasted at the Les Carmes Haut-Brion vertical at the château . - Neal Martin, Vinous Media
Still a pleasing red with cherry and berry flavor, light tannins and an easy finish. Slightly dry. Second wine. Needs drinking. - James Suckling