2009 Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Red Bordeaux Blend

France / Bordeaux / Graves / Pessac-Leognan

$2,440
RP 92
V 91
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2009 Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France

Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Among the classic elegance of Pessac-Léognan, the Carmes top wine has carved out its own niche. Unprecedented proportions of Cabernet Franc offer a silky power which is then supported by the intensity of Cabernet Sauvignon. Within this structure, Merlot develops rounded and refined fruitiness: balance is the order of the day, ensuring a style that is complex and delicious in equal measures.

Blend:
45% Merlot
40% Cabernet Franc
15% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINEYARDS
Total surface area of the vineyard in use in 2009: 4.7 ha.
Plantation density: 10,000 vines / ha.
Average age of the vines in 2009: 39 years
Soil types: Mindel gravel over a clay-limestone substrate
Harvesting: 100% hand-picked
Harvest dates: 28 Sept - 2 Oct 2009

VINIFICATION TECHNIQUES
Vats used: Temperature-controlled stainless steel
Fermentation time: 26 days on average
Malolactic fermentation in barrels: Partial Barrel maturing: 50% new barrels 50% of barrels used once previously
Duration: 18 months
Composition of the wine: 14% alc. / 3.8 pH

RP 92

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Beautiful, Burgundian-like aromas of burning embers, roasted Provencal herbs, black currants and sweet cherries and raspberries emerge from this medium-bodied, elegant 2009 Pessac-Leognan. Medium to full-bodied and seductive with sweet tannins as well as a surprisingly evolved, precocious personality (even for a 2009), it will offer delicious drinking over the next 15+ years. This is another wine in which I noticed subtle bottle variation. Reviewed by Robert M. Parker, Jr, Issue date: December 2011. Drinking window: 2012 - 2027.
V 91

Vinous

Medium ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of black raspberry, licorice, wild herbs and minerals. Sweet, lush and densely packed, with concentrated black cherry and black raspberry flavors offering considerable early appeal. Finishes with rising fruit and big, ripe tannins. This is superb already but should evolve positively for 10 to 12 years.Reviewed by Stephen Tanzer, Issue date: July 2012. Drinking window: N/A.

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RP 92

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Beautiful, Burgundian-like aromas of burning embers, roasted Provencal herbs, black currants and sweet cherries and raspberries emerge from this medium-bodied, elegant 2009 Pessac-Leognan. Medium to full-bodied and seductive with sweet tannins as well as a surprisingly evolved, precocious personality (even for a 2009), it will offer delicious drinking over the next 15+ years. This is another wine in which I noticed subtle bottle variation. Reviewed by Robert M. Parker, Jr, Issue date: December 2011. Drinking window: 2012 - 2027.
V 91

Vinous

Medium ruby-red. Perfumed aromas of black raspberry, licorice, wild herbs and minerals. Sweet, lush and densely packed, with concentrated black cherry and black raspberry flavors offering considerable early appeal. Finishes with rising fruit and big, ripe tannins. This is superb already but should evolve positively for 10 to 12 years.Reviewed by Stephen Tanzer, Issue date: July 2012. Drinking window: N/A.

2009 Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France

Les Carmes Haut-Brion

Among the classic elegance of Pessac-Léognan, the Carmes top wine has carved out its own niche. Unprecedented proportions of Cabernet Franc offer a silky power which is then supported by the intensity of Cabernet Sauvignon. Within this structure, Merlot develops rounded and refined fruitiness: balance is the order of the day, ensuring a style that is complex and delicious in equal measures.

Blend:
45% Merlot
40% Cabernet Franc
15% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINEYARDS
Total surface area of the vineyard in use in 2009: 4.7 ha.
Plantation density: 10,000 vines / ha.
Average age of the vines in 2009: 39 years
Soil types: Mindel gravel over a clay-limestone substrate
Harvesting: 100% hand-picked
Harvest dates: 28 Sept - 2 Oct 2009

VINIFICATION TECHNIQUES
Vats used: Temperature-controlled stainless steel
Fermentation time: 26 days on average
Malolactic fermentation in barrels: Partial Barrel maturing: 50% new barrels 50% of barrels used once previously
Duration: 18 months
Composition of the wine: 14% alc. / 3.8 pH

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