onsdag 13. mai 2015

Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion



Pessac-Léognan



2016 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
APR 17 Ruby. Blackberries, fruity, anise, spices, ripe nose, dark berries, vanilla. Light scented note. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, juicy, fruity, dark berries, spices, anise, detailed, playful, ripe, long. 93-95

2015 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
APR 16 Ruby. Dark fruits, ripe, blackberries, quite juicy nose, some vanilla and spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, spices, less oak than usual at this stage, long. 90-92

2014 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
DEC 17 Ruby. Blackberries, cassis, vanilla, spices, some terracotta, cinnamon and Christmas spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, anise, blueberries, some spices, layered and long. Still wood spices and toast but has integrated far quicker than anticipated. 94

2014 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
OCT 16 Ruby. Dark fruits, spices, minerals, liquorice, bit up front wood and wood spices. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, anise and spices, if this swallows the wood it may be really lovely, right now that is a bit too up front, lovely fruit behind. 93

2014 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
APR 15 Ruby. Vanilla, fruity, ripe, dark berries nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, vanilla, bitter burnt notes, lacks freshness, good length.
88-90

2013 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
APR 14 Deep ruby. Scented, vanilla and bell peppers nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, leaner, bit thin, woody finish, red fruits behind. 60% CF. 85-87

2012 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
SEP 13 Deep ruby. Fruity and slightly alcoholic nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and tannic, lots of wood, long. 90

2012 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
APR 13 Deep ruby. Vanilla and somewhat scented nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity and some oak on the palate, tannic finish. 86-88

2012 Le Clos des Carmes haut-Brion
OCT 16 Ruby. Dark fruits, blueberries, some vanilla and spices nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, anise, spices, elegant texture, good length. 88

2011 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
OCT 16 Deep ruby. Dark fruits, spices, minerals and floral, I needed to come back to this one several times as it was highly woody and toasty at first but gathered more and more depth and minerals notes. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, spices and fruity, again this superb depth behind, needs cellar age. This might go higher with air, 2011 is an underrated vintage for some strange reason all over the market. 94

2010 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
OCT 16 Ruby. Dark fruits, spices, ripe and rich nose, vanilla and spices, trying very hard. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, rich and big, dark fruits and spices, intense but lacks finesse. 91

2010 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
APR 11 Deep ruby, floral Pessac nose, fresh, somewhat herbal, peppery finish. 88-89

2009 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
SEP 10 Deep ruby, heavy nose of dark fruits, more elegant texture, very elegant fruit on the palate, fresh acidity, a touch rustic, barrel use is a little much it seems..... 88-90

2006 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
OCT 16 Ruby. Dark fruits, floral, cassis, some red berries core, wood shows a bit still but charming. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, anise, red berries and blueberries, long. 91

2006 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
SEP 12 Bright ruby. Light floral touch over cassis and some very subdued Pessac-minerals. Fruity nose for this estate. Fresh acidity, soft attack, ripe tannins, balanced and good length. This estate isn't always quite together, but seems to have made a lovely effort this vintage. Also a very rare find, so any Bordeaux enthusiast should grab a bottle or two. 89

2006 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
AUG 13 Ruby. Cassis, plums and slightly ripe nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity but lacks nuances. This could be an not perfect bottle, or the oak is still hiding some of the fruit nuances. 87

2005 Château Les Carmes Haut- Brion
OCT 12 Deep ruby, almost opaque. Vanilla and oak dust, cassis and blackberries. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, the normal edginess of this estate, rough and needs time. 89

2004 Château Carmes Haut-Brion
SEP 10 Ruby, slightly rustic nose, vanilla and oak over cassis and herbs. A bit lean body, good acidity, ripe tannins and some more astringent from wood, needs time to pull around, rustic style, ok length.
85





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