NOSE: plum…cherry…yeast…and — I’m not joking — DEAD MOUSE. Like, right out of the mousetrap. Also some kind of wild brambly berry cordial. Also, raspberry tea.
TASTE: silky cherry - you can really taste the cherry pits. Light-medium weight. A little almond extract. Some herbs I can’t quite peg - like a really mild clove. Weak drip coffee on the finish. Mild mannered (you’ll notice all my adjectives connoting watered-down), but good. No dead animal tastes that I notice. 🤣
To me, this is an 89 or a 90 … I usually err on the lower side of my instincts, but I think a 90 is warranted. — 8 days ago
The 2012 Les Carmes Haut-Brion was the first vintage with whole bunches (40%) and 18 months in barrel. It was the introductory vintage under current winemaker Guillaume Pouthier. This is much more enticing on the nose after the 2011: well-defined black cherries, cola, peppermint, light rose petal scents and a hint of marmalade that emerges with time. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, more freshness and tension than the 2011, and frankly, you would never be able to tell there was whole bunch here. This appears to be maturing with style and panache, but it will give another decade or more of drinking pleasure. Tasted at the Les Carmes Haut-Brion vertical at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, October 2012)
— 16 days ago
2009 Vintage. This wine has aged well. A touch of leather, spice and fading fruit. Nice wine for a $39 price years ago. Great with prime rib eye. Very enjoyable. — 20 days ago
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with nice complexity.
Showing red currants, cooked cherries, oak, spices, vanilla, herbs, licorice, cloves, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, wet leaves and bitter vegetables.
Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This 19 year old has a lot of fruits still, and needs time to open up properly (1 hour), so be patient.
Showing great complexity at this point. Tasty and interesting.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 46% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in (50% new) French oak barrels.
13% alcohol by volume.
$60. — a month ago
Slight oak aroma. Rich, rounded. Honey. White fruits, then citrus. banana, pineapple. Enough acidity. Nuts. 2019 @1380, wine plus, 221106 — 25 days ago