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Château les Carmes Haut-Brion is a Bordeaux wine estate located in the AOC Pessac-Léognan within the region of Graves. In addition to producing a red grand vin named Château les...
Château les Carmes Haut-Brion is a Bordeaux wine estate located in the AOC Pessac-Léognan within the region of Graves. In addition to producing a red grand vin named Château les...
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Vintage: 2014
ABV: 13.50%
Bottle size: Standard - 750ml
Producer: Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Varietal: Red Bordeaux Blend
Wine type: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-region: Graves
Drink between: 2018 - 2026

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Château les Carmes Haut-Brion is a Bordeaux wine estate located in the AOC Pessac-Léognan within the region of Graves.

In addition to producing a red grand vin named Château les Carmes Haut-Brion, the estate produces the red second wine Le C des Carmes.

In 1584, Jean de Pontac Lord of Haut-Brion donated a windmill on the banks of the Peugue river, surrounded by vines and adjoining outbuildings, to the Roman Catholic Grand Carmelite Order in Bordeaux. In 1630, the Grand Carmelite Order expanded the estate by purchasing vines located in the ‘aubrion’ area. The Carmelites owned the estate for two hundred years and retained the ‘Haut-Brion’ name, which gradually became ‘Carmes Haut-Brion’. The estate became a national asset in 1791 when Church holdings were seized during the French Revolution. Wine merchant Léon Colin then purchased it in 1840 and renamed it Carmes-Haut-Brion. He subsequently passed the estate down to his descendants, the Chantecaille family, who built the current chateau at the beginning of the 19th century, as well as creating the park designed by landscape architect Louis-Bernard Fisher (who notably designed the Jardin Public gardens in Bordeaux). This estate remained in the family until 2010.

Patrice Pichet, the head of France's family-run real estate group, acquired the estate at the end of 2010. As a great wine enthusiast and collector, Patrice Pichet sought to turn this unique ten-hectare estate into a genuine jewel set in the city of Bordeaux. To achieve this, he has surrounded himself with top professionals – Guillaume Pouthier, the director of operations, and Stéphane Derenoncourt, who has been the estate's consultant for several years – and made all the right choices regarding vine monitoring, vineyard expansion and winemaking. The initial purchase was followed by the acquisition of complementary plots, in particular 17 hectares in a single stretch, bringing the estate to its current size of 35 hectares. Unique and ambitious new facilities were created to support this momentum. New winery and reception areas designed and created by Philippe Starck and Luc Arsène-Henry were inaugurated in 2016, marking the resolutely iconic intentions of this new chapter beginning at Carmes Haut-Brion.

Château les Carmes Haut-Brion is the only Bordeaux chateau to be actually in Bordeaux, at the unique address of 20, Rue des Carmes. Although the vineyard was historically ‘outside the walls’, it is now entirely within the city, a walled vineyard in urban surroundings. The exceptional location of the estate, ten hectares in size including six hectares of vineyards, means that it enjoys a privileged environment with a milder microclimate and a well-preserved ecosystem that work together to ensure perfectly ripe grapes. The terroir, a mixture of Mindel gravel, sand, and clay over a limestone subsoil, forms a unique geological spectrum that has informed this vineyard's unusual mix of grape varieties, consisting of 40% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and the remainder Merlot. The vines are an average of 42 years old and are planted with a density of 10,000 per hectare.

Château les Carmes Haut-Brion is a Bordeaux wine estate located in the AOC Pessac-Léognan within the region of Graves.

In addition to producing a red grand vin named Château les Carmes Haut-Brion, the estate produces the red second wine Le C des Carmes.

In 1584, Jean de Pontac Lord of Haut-Brion donated a windmill on the banks of the Peugue river, surrounded by vines and adjoining outbuildings, to the Roman Catholic Grand Carmelite Order in Bordeaux. In 1630, the Grand Carmelite Order expanded the estate by purchasing vines located in the ‘aubrion’ area. The Carmelites owned the estate for two hundred years and retained the ‘Haut-Brion’ name, which gradually became ‘Carmes Haut-Brion’. The estate became a national asset in 1791 when Church holdings were seized during the French Revolution. Wine merchant Léon Colin then purchased it in 1840 and renamed it Carmes-Haut-Brion. He subsequently passed the estate down to his descendants, the Chantecaille family, who built the current chateau at the beginning of the 19th century, as well as creating the park designed by landscape architect Louis-Bernard Fisher (who notably designed the Jardin Public gardens in Bordeaux). This estate remained in the family until 2010.

Patrice Pichet, the head of France's family-run real estate group, acquired the estate at the end of 2010. As a great wine enthusiast and collector, Patrice Pichet sought to turn this unique ten-hectare estate into a genuine jewel set in the city of Bordeaux. To achieve this, he has surrounded himself with top professionals – Guillaume Pouthier, the director of operations, and Stéphane Derenoncourt, who has been the estate's consultant for several years – and made all the right choices regarding vine monitoring, vineyard expansion and winemaking. The initial purchase was followed by the acquisition of complementary plots, in particular 17 hectares in a single stretch, bringing the estate to its current size of 35 hectares. Unique and ambitious new facilities were created to support this momentum. New winery and reception areas designed and created by Philippe Starck and Luc Arsène-Henry were inaugurated in 2016, marking the resolutely iconic intentions of this new chapter beginning at Carmes Haut-Brion.

Château les Carmes Haut-Brion is the only Bordeaux chateau to be actually in Bordeaux, at the unique address of 20, Rue des Carmes. Although the vineyard was historically ‘outside the walls’, it is now entirely within the city, a walled vineyard in urban surroundings. The exceptional location of the estate, ten hectares in size including six hectares of vineyards, means that it enjoys a privileged environment with a milder microclimate and a well-preserved ecosystem that work together to ensure perfectly ripe grapes. The terroir, a mixture of Mindel gravel, sand, and clay over a limestone subsoil, forms a unique geological spectrum that has informed this vineyard's unusual mix of grape varieties, consisting of 40% Cabernet Franc, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and the remainder Merlot. The vines are an average of 42 years old and are planted with a density of 10,000 per hectare.

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