2023 Les Carmes Haut Brion Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 99 WA 99 JL 98 TWI 98 DC 97 JD 97 JA 96 VN 96
JS 99

jamessuckling.com, April 2024

(JS 98-99 points) This is a fantastic wine and very, very exciting, with purity and brightness to the floral, spicy and blackberry notes. It’s full and deep with agility and weightless. You feel the greatness in this...
WA 99

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2024

(WA 97-99 points) Guillaume Pouthier and his team have once again crafted one of Bordeaux's most unique and characterful wines. Revealing aromas of mulberries and raspberries mingled with notions of vine smoke, orange...
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2024

(JL 96-98 points) Deep in color, the wine is equally deep, sporting nuances of blackberries, black cherries, flowers, blueberries, tar, herbs, and spices. On the palate, the wine is rich, full-bodied, supple, and deep...
TWI 98

The Wine Independent, May 2024

(TWI 96-98 points) A blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot, Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2023 has a pH of 3.62. It was fermented with 60% whole bunches and it is aging in 70% new oak barrels, 20%...
DC 97

Decanter, April 2024

Extremely floral nose; peony, iris, rose, expressive and aromatic with black fruits too, liquorice, dark fruit, cedar, some black chocolate and coffee bitterness on the nose too. Smooth and supple, nicely weighted in the...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, May 2024

(JD 95-97 points) As to the Grand Vin 2023 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion, this beauty checks in as 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot that was fermented with 60% whole cluster, brought up in 70%...
JA 96

janeanson.com, April 2024

Elderflower and peony aromatics, stunning inky plum colour that is very much a signature of Carmes, where it looks so enticing and ripe visually, and then on the palate you feel this constrasting vibrant lift and...
VN 96

Vinous, April 2024

(VN 94-96 points) The 2023 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is increasingly a wine of seamlessness. Whereas the various components were once easily discernible, today Carmes is most often a wine of total beauty. The 2023 is a bit...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pessac Leognan
Vintage 2023
Size 750ML
Closure Cork

The 2023 Les Carmes Haut Brion is a Bordeaux blend from the renowned Pessac Leognan sub-region in Bordeaux, France. This wine, produced by Les Carmes Haut Brion, is a red varietal composed of 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot. It is crafted from organically grown grapes and utilizes 60% whole-berry fermentation. The wine is currently maturing in a combination of 70% new oak barrels, 20% foudres, and 10% amphorae.

James Suckling, awarding the wine a near-perfect score of 99 points, describes it as “fantastic and very, very exciting,” highlighting its “purity and brightness with floral, spicy, and blackberry notes.” He notes its “agility and weightlessness,” indicating the wine's ability to balance concentration and structure without feeling heavy.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, also giving it 99 points, praises the wine’s unique character. Yohan Castaing commends its “aromas of mulberries and raspberries mingled with vine smoke, orange zest, rose petals, and spices.” He describes the wine as “medium to full-bodied, fleshy, and concentrated,” with a “long, ethereal, and mouthwateringly saline finish.” The wine’s refined tannins are considered more abundant but brilliantly integrated, making it approachable at an early age despite its potential for longevity.

Vinous reviewer Antonio Galloni gives it 96 points, noting the wine’s seamless integration and a more reductive early-aging style. He points out that while the wine is currently a bit shy in its aromatics, it holds promise for further development with extended aging.

Jane Anson, who also scores the wine at 96 points, highlights its “elderflower and peony aromatics” and “inky plum color.” She remarks on the wine’s “vibrant lift and drinkability,” with a “grippy slate texture” and “crushed rose petals and salted cracker salinity.”

Decanter awards the wine 97 points, pointing out its “extremely floral nose” and “smooth and supple” texture. The publication appreciates its “seamlessly integrated” nature and “excellent terroir signature,” describing it as “ripe, fresh, clean, fragrant, sleek, and streamlined.”

Jeff Leve from The Wine Cellar Insider rates it 98 points, noting its “intensity, purity, length, and vibrancy.” He remarks on its “rich, full-bodied” nature that remains “light on its feet,” with layers of “crushed stones, herbs, and ripe, sweet, dark fruits.”

Jeb Dunnuck, scoring it 97 points, highlights its “vibrant aromatics of cassis and black cherries” and “beautiful precision and focus.” He notes the wine’s potential for gaining mid-palate density over time.

Finally, The Wine Independent gives it 98 points, with Lisa Perrotti-Brown describing its “fabulously pure, well-defined notes” and “solid backbone of very fine-grained, prancing tannins.” She emphasizes the wine’s “airy and refreshing” palate and its potential to expand into something powerful with time.

Overall, the 2023 Les Carmes Haut Brion is highly praised for its complexity, elegance, and potential for aging, making it a standout wine in the 2023 vintage.