2020 Les Carmes Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
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DC 100 VN 100 JL 99 JS 98 JD 98 TWI 98 JA 97 WA 97
DC 100

Decanter, January 2023

The best 2020s seem to be confident without showing off or shouting too loudly and this Carmes does just that. Focused and precise, this is complex and characterful, rich yet vibrant with a texture and taste that makes an...
VN 100

Vinous, February 2023

The 2020 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a total stunner. For the first time I can remember, Les Carmes Haut-Brion marries all of its elements so well that nothing stands out. In the past, the high percentage of Franc and/or the...
JL 99

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2023

Medium/full-bodied, concentrated, vibrant, fresh, refined, elegant, and completely focused on its purity of fruit. Initially, you find notes of flowers, tobacco leaves, thyme, red pit fruits, mint, and an array of spices...
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, March 2023

Gorgeous aromas of crushed berries with orange peel. Fresh spices. Flowers. Salty. Full and so bright and vivid, with an elegance and beauty at the beginning and then it goes on and on. You see the intense fine tannins at...
JD 98

jebdunnuck.com, October 2023

From a bottle purchased stateside, the 2020 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a riviting, utterly classic Pessac-Leognan that offers textbook darker currant fruits, scorched earth, tobacco, lead pencil, and smoky, truffly...
TWI 98

The Wine Independent, March 2023

The 2020 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 26% Merlot with a pH of 3.62 and aged for 24 months in 80% new oak, 11% foudres, and 9% terracotta amphoras. A proportion of...
JA 97

janeanson.com, December 2022

Inky plum colour, violet and peony aromatics followed up by orange zest and pencil lead on the opening beats. Just so much depth, quality and characte, chalky tannins are softening just enough to show the form of the...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

The 2020 Les Carmes Haut-Brion has turned out beautifully, wafting from the glass with aromas of blackberries, red fruits, exotic spices, rose petals, raw cocoa and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and layered...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2020
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

Introducing the remarkable 2020 Les Carmes Haut Brion, a Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed Pessac Leognan sub-region of Bordeaux, France. This red wine is a true embodiment of elegance and finesse, showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship of the renowned producer, Les Carmes Haut Brion.

In the glass, this wine displays a mesmerizing deep red color that captures the essence of its rich and complex character. Its captivating bouquet opens with exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach, and a hint of orange peel. These enticing scents pave the way for a truly exceptional tasting experience.

On the palate, the 2020 Les Carmes Haut Brion reveals its full-bodied nature with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins. These tannins are remarkably integrated and intense, adding depth and structure to the wine. The texture is remarkably polished and focused, leaving a lasting impression of sophistication.

As the wine unfolds, nuances of crushed stone, bark, and forest flowers emerge, further enhancing its complexity. The finish is long and lingering, with a delightful interplay between the fruit and a touch of minerality. It leaves a lasting impression that beckons for another sip.

Renowned wine critics have bestowed their highest praise upon this exceptional vintage. James Suckling awarded it an impressive 98 points, describing it as having "great potential" and praising its integrated tannins and polished character. Decanter hailed it with a perfect score of 100, lauding its complexity, vibrancy, and sensational minerality.

Jeff Leve declared it a near-perfect wine, giving it a score of 99 and praising its purity of fruit, refined elegance, and vivacious finish. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it 97 points, commending its harmony, layered flavors, and compelling sense of weightlessness.

Jeb Dunnuck echoed the sentiment, awarding it 98 points and noting its dense concentration, flawless balance, and lengthy finish. Vinous joined the chorus of acclaim, bestowing a perfect score of 100 and calling it a "ravishing" wine that marries all of its elements to perfection.

Jane Anson celebrated its depth, quality, and character, awarding it 97 points and describing it as having sculpted delicious fruits.

With an alcohol content of 13.5%, the 2020 Les Carmes Haut Brion is a wine that promises both immediate pleasure and remarkable aging potential. It is a true masterpiece that showcases the essence of Bordeaux winemaking at its finest. Do not miss the opportunity to experience this exceptional wine for yourself.