Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux 2012

Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux 2012


A little-known neighbour of Châteaux Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion in the Pessac-Léognan, Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a jewel of a property remains somewhat of an insider's Bordeaux. The vineyards are planted with an unusually small quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Merlot (50%) and Cabernet Franc (40%), this is reflected in the style of the wine which is rich in aromatics and has incredible finesse. The wine spends 18 months in oak barrels, one-third of which are new each vintage.

2012 certainly not Bordeaux’s greatest vintage of all times, but it has yielded some good wines that are well-balanced and show intense fruit, precision and fine tannins. An early maturing vintage, already drinking beautifully but can be stored at least 15 more years.

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Ranked 7th in The Best of Bordeaux 2012 by leading French wine critics, Francois Gilbert and Philippe Gaillard (94-96 points) right after Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mouton Rotschild, Chateau Figeac, Chateau Haut Brion, Chateau La Gaffeliére and Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.
Robert Parker: "An inky, bluish-black color, this wine has deep black raspberry and blueberry notes mixed with charcoal, graphite and subtle smoke. Rich, full-bodied and silky textured, this complex, stunning Pessac-Léognan from this tiny jewel of a vineyard near Haut Brion is hitting all the high notes in 2012. It should drink well for 15-20. This is another bottled wine that dramatically out-performed its barrel sample." 94 points




Pessac-Léognan is a prestigious appellation recognised for its high-quality red and white wines. It lies immediately to the south of Bordeaux where all the finest vineyards are located.

Red wines are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a smaller percentage of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. They are beautifully balanced with fine tannins and exhibits notes of tobacco, cassis, dark cherry and leather as well as some minerality. 

In general, wines are more fragrant and a little lighter in body than the finest wines of Haut-Medoc (immediate north of Bordeaux). Wines tend to mature more quickly, though not as quickly as the Merlot-dominated Pomerol or Saint Emilion.