2022 Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Red Bordeaux Blend

France / Bordeaux / Graves / Pessac-Leognan

¥38,800
JD 100
RP 100
V 100
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2022 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France

Blend
40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon & 26% Merlot

Vintage Notes
The harvest went smoothly, with unlimited choice of when to pick. The bunches were superb: the stems woody, the berrries ripe on all sides, the seeds perfectly mature. We plunged them whole into vats.

VINEYARDS
Plantation density: 10 000 vines / ha.
Average age of the vines in 2022: 44 years-old
Soil Types: Mindel graves on clay and limestone
Harvesting: 100% hand-picked
Harvest dates: 5th September - 5th Ocotber 2022

2022 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion

VINIFICATION TECHNIQUES
Vats used: Thermoregulated tanks: Tronconic
stainless steel tanks (60Hl) • Wooden tanks (76Hl)
• Concrete tanks (50Hl)
Initial fermentation: 35 days
Barrel maturing: 75% new oak barrels
25% foudres of 18HL
10% terracotta amphorae /
standstone
Duration: 24 months

Noteworthy features of the vinification and / or
maturing processes: No crushing, 70% of whole
bunches

Composition of the wine: 13,5% alc. / 3,64 pH

JD 100

Jeb Dunnuck

(Rating 98 - 100). I think one of the legendary wines in the vintage will be the 2022 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, which comes from a tiny vineyard not far from Haut-Brion and is based on 40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot, vinified with 70% whole clusters, and aged 70% in new barrels, 20% in foudre, and 10% in amphora. Despite mostly being not destemmed, you wouldn't know it by tasting it. It has a classic bouquet of ripe blackberries, cassis, leafy herbs, graphite, and violets, while in contrast, the C Des Carmes Haut-Brion, which is vinified with just 30% stems, is clearly marked more by its stems. Full-bodied, concentrated, beautifully balanced, and with a rare mix of purity, freshness, and power, it's going to rival the 2018 as one of the finest vintages ever produced from this address. It's worth noting this estate has a unique terroir in Pessac that includes some limestone in the soils, and this worked particularly well in 2022. Don't miss this wine. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: May 2023. Drinking window: N/A.
RP 100

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 99 - 100). The remarkable 2022 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a strong candidate for the title of wine of the vintage. It's also one of the most singular, characterful wines being produced in the region today. Unfurling in the glass with complex aromas of blackberries and cherries mingled with notions of exotic spices, orange zest, pencil lead, rose petals and vine smoke,it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a velvety attack that segues into a layered, seamless and multidimensional mid-palate framed by rich, powdery tannins. Pure, perfumed and penetrating, this blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 34%Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Merlot is a brilliant success that caps a decade of relentless work by Guillaume Pouthier and his team that have seen Les Carmes Haut-Brion emerge as one of Bordeaux's leading estates. It checks in at a mere 13.5%alcohol, with a very healthy pH of 3.64. Reviewed by Yohan Castaing, Issue date: N/A. Drinking window: N/A.
V 100

Vinous

(Rating 98 - 100). Technical Director Guillaume Pouthier follows his majestic 2020 with another riveting wine. The 2022 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is, quite simply, unforgettable. A wine of tremendous energy, the 2022 saturates the palate with inky red/blue fruits, lavender, sage and mint, showing remarkable density that builds into an eternal finish enshrouded by seamless tannins. The 2022 is a co­-ferment of 40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Merlot done with 70% stems that saw six full weeks on the skins. Elevage is 70% new oak, 20% 18HL cask and 10% amphora. It is an incredibly modern wine that marries Bordeaux classicism with hints of Northern Rhone and Piedmont inflections. All the elements are so well-balanced that nothing sticks out. Instead, it is the wine's profound beauty that leaves a lasting impression. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, Issue date: April 2023. Drinking window: 2030 - 2062.

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  • CRITICAL REVIEWS
  • WINEMAKER NOTES
JD 100

Jeb Dunnuck

(Rating 98 - 100). I think one of the legendary wines in the vintage will be the 2022 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, which comes from a tiny vineyard not far from Haut-Brion and is based on 40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot, vinified with 70% whole clusters, and aged 70% in new barrels, 20% in foudre, and 10% in amphora. Despite mostly being not destemmed, you wouldn't know it by tasting it. It has a classic bouquet of ripe blackberries, cassis, leafy herbs, graphite, and violets, while in contrast, the C Des Carmes Haut-Brion, which is vinified with just 30% stems, is clearly marked more by its stems. Full-bodied, concentrated, beautifully balanced, and with a rare mix of purity, freshness, and power, it's going to rival the 2018 as one of the finest vintages ever produced from this address. It's worth noting this estate has a unique terroir in Pessac that includes some limestone in the soils, and this worked particularly well in 2022. Don't miss this wine. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: May 2023. Drinking window: N/A.
RP 100

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 99 - 100). The remarkable 2022 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a strong candidate for the title of wine of the vintage. It's also one of the most singular, characterful wines being produced in the region today. Unfurling in the glass with complex aromas of blackberries and cherries mingled with notions of exotic spices, orange zest, pencil lead, rose petals and vine smoke,it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a velvety attack that segues into a layered, seamless and multidimensional mid-palate framed by rich, powdery tannins. Pure, perfumed and penetrating, this blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 34%Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Merlot is a brilliant success that caps a decade of relentless work by Guillaume Pouthier and his team that have seen Les Carmes Haut-Brion emerge as one of Bordeaux's leading estates. It checks in at a mere 13.5%alcohol, with a very healthy pH of 3.64. Reviewed by Yohan Castaing, Issue date: N/A. Drinking window: N/A.
V 100

Vinous

(Rating 98 - 100). Technical Director Guillaume Pouthier follows his majestic 2020 with another riveting wine. The 2022 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is, quite simply, unforgettable. A wine of tremendous energy, the 2022 saturates the palate with inky red/blue fruits, lavender, sage and mint, showing remarkable density that builds into an eternal finish enshrouded by seamless tannins. The 2022 is a co­-ferment of 40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Merlot done with 70% stems that saw six full weeks on the skins. Elevage is 70% new oak, 20% 18HL cask and 10% amphora. It is an incredibly modern wine that marries Bordeaux classicism with hints of Northern Rhone and Piedmont inflections. All the elements are so well-balanced that nothing sticks out. Instead, it is the wine's profound beauty that leaves a lasting impression. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, Issue date: April 2023. Drinking window: 2030 - 2062.

2022 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France

Blend
40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon & 26% Merlot

Vintage Notes
The harvest went smoothly, with unlimited choice of when to pick. The bunches were superb: the stems woody, the berrries ripe on all sides, the seeds perfectly mature. We plunged them whole into vats.

VINEYARDS
Plantation density: 10 000 vines / ha.
Average age of the vines in 2022: 44 years-old
Soil Types: Mindel graves on clay and limestone
Harvesting: 100% hand-picked
Harvest dates: 5th September - 5th Ocotber 2022

2022 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion

VINIFICATION TECHNIQUES
Vats used: Thermoregulated tanks: Tronconic
stainless steel tanks (60Hl) • Wooden tanks (76Hl)
• Concrete tanks (50Hl)
Initial fermentation: 35 days
Barrel maturing: 75% new oak barrels
25% foudres of 18HL
10% terracotta amphorae /
standstone
Duration: 24 months

Noteworthy features of the vinification and / or
maturing processes: No crushing, 70% of whole
bunches

Composition of the wine: 13,5% alc. / 3,64 pH

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