Red

2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Graves
  • Pessac-Léognan
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Community Tasting Notes 43

  • rossi.wine wrote: 96 points

    March 24, 2022 - Tasted after the 2014. Cool, pure, peppery, spicy, floral, notes of tobacco. Very intense and bright on the palate, ripe tannins, very harmonious, just a little restrained. Very elegant, lots of depth, great length. Impressive. Keep. 95-96+

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • wineforth Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 24, 2022 - At the Wine Society Carmes Haut-Brion tutored tasting. To increase complexity and reduce the alcohol level (13.5%) there is some whole bunch fermentation and no second wine. The aim is to have balance, and complexity over weight. Cepage is more like a St. Emilion at 41% Cab Franc, 39% Merlot, 20% Cab Sauvignon.
    I've had this wine three times before and it keeps getting better as it ages. Typical farmy cab. franc nose gives way to anise and complex fruits. Enchanting. Medium/ light weight and slightly thin finish yet more enjoyable than this suggests. Reminds me of Ausone before it fully modernised its style. Can be found at £140 a bottle and whilst not good value unless you love this style it is worth trying.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Paul D wrote: 95 points

    March 24, 2022 - TWS - Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion Tasting (Vintner's Hall, London): Lovely nose, ripe dark fruit, touch of mineral, meaty notes. Medium/full, quite rich, dark fruited, soft tannins, spice, lovely vibrant acids. Long. Really lovely, already starting to drink this should be great in a few more years.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • DrewWongo Likes this wine:

    March 26, 2021 - Coravin 3rd Pour - Wow! Very fruity nose mixed or sour and sweet fruits, sharpness to the bouquet, with slight floral notes in the background now. I can keep nosing this without taking a sip, as it's so refreshing. Still all primary notes. The palate is lovely, with mixed of sweet, sour and bitter fruits, but interwoven nicely. I love the lightness of the wine in my mouth. The finish is moderate, with good acidity which gives a good lift and freshness. It ends with a dry mouthfeel though, which makes you want to have a sip again.

    Overall, a wine I will be willing to drink now, but I can really see this developing more beautifully in the next 10 years at least.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Sean Tay wrote: 94 points

    March 2, 2021 - Deep purple in colour. Pronounced nose intensity of green bell pepper, flora, violet, black fruits. High tannin and acidity, long finish and complex. Able to cellar.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Panos Kakaviatos
    Graves & Pessac-Léognan, 4/1/2021 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/22/2020 (link)

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    Bordeaux 2016: Firing On All Cylinders, 2/28/2019 (link)

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  • By James Suckling
    1/19/2019 (link)

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  • By Jane Anson
    JA Additional BiB 2016, 1/14/2019 (link)

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    2016 Bordeaux…It’s All In The Bottle (Jan 2019), 1/2/2019 (link)

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    The DBs: Bordeaux 2016 In Bottle (Jan 2019), 1/1/2019 (link)

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    December 2018, 12/1/2018 (link)

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    10/16/2018 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    2016 Bordeaux: It’s Now or Never, Baby (Apr 2017), 4/17/2017 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By James Suckling
    4/4/2017 (link)

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  • By Jane Anson
    Bordeaux En Primeur 2016 Pessac-Léognan, 4/3/2017 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
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  • By Neal Martin
    Southwold: 2016 Bordeaux Blind (Aug 2020) (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/25/2019 (link) 89 points

    (Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion) Dark ruby color; savory, red currant, oak spice nose; savory, red currant, oak spice palate with balancing acidity; medium-plus finish (41% Cabernet Franc, 39% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Graves
  • Appellation Pessac-Léognan
  • UPC Codes 2277756393634, 3277038393634, 3364420083089

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 325 (8%)
  • In Cellars 3,676 (89%)
  • Consumed 148 (4%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Grilled or BBQ Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat, Roasted Meat

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