Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan 2012
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan|
|Brand||Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion|
Separated by Le Peugue, the terroir consists of two slopes with naturally permeable soil made up of gravel, clay and sand in variable proportions. This unique combination of soil and microclimate explains Les Carmes Haut-Brion’s finesse.
The atypical blend of grape varieties is yet another factor in what makes the estate so special. These proportions are particularly well-adapted to the terroir and contribute to the wine’s unique profile: complex aromatics, both powerful and refined, in keeping with the very finest wines of Pessac-Léognan.
Blend: 42% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
New wood shows strongly in this wine that has structure and a dry core to match the ripe berry fruits and rich texture. The wine has potential with its juicy fruitiness and dark chocolate flavors. Wait until 2019 before drinking.
On the nose and palate this red suggests blackberries with cedar notes and hints of spices. Full body, silky tannins, fresh acidity and a long finish. The minerality and length is wonderful. This keeps getting better and better. Drink in 2020.
Features a smoldering tobacco edge around the core of steeped plum and raspberry fruit, while hints of dried anise and alder line the finish. Shows range and character, with well-embedded acidity bolstering the length. Best from 2016 through 2022.