Château les Carmes Haut Brion. Pessac-Leognan France Bordeaux " Pessac-Leognan Red Bordeaux Cab.sauvignon Blend Château les Carmes Haut Brion France " Bordeaux " Pessac-Léognan Bottle 2003
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The blockbuster 2003 Haut-Brion (13% alcohol) possesses extremely high tannin, but that component is well-concealed by a cascade of mulberry, blackberry, cherry, and plum-like fruit. There is even a hint of figs under the blue and red fruit spectrum. While broad and ripe with a sweet, glyceral mouthfeel as well as a long, powerful, persistent finish, it retains its elegance and nobility. A wine of both power and finesse, it will benefit from 3andndash;4 years of cellaring, and keep for 25andndash;30.
This has the deep stoniness of Haut-Brion but it s hard to recognize through all the sweet fruit. Initially that sweet ripeness puts it in line with Napa Valley cabernets tasting sleek firm and intense. The tannins become more prominent with air making the wine feel huge and muscular gripping all the flavor and closing it down. Rather than freshness this offers robust mineral flavor and strength of tannin to carry it into maturity. Wine & Spirits.
There are only 10,000 cases of this 2003 (12.85% alcohol, high for this estate). A blend of 58% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Cabernet Franc, it reveals, more tannin and a tougher texture than it did last year. Deep ruby/purple to the rim, with a fragrant bouquet of plums, figs, hot rocks, and tobacco smoke, this medium-bodied claret possesses outstanding concentration and purity, but some toughness to the tannin needs to be resolved. It had just been fined, so perhaps it had not yet fully recovered. It is certainly an outstanding Haut-Brion, but at this stage, I would rank it behind such prodigious classics as the 2000, 1998, 1995, 1990, and 1989. It will be slow to evolve. Anticipated maturity: 2010andndash;2025+.
Has wonderful richness and suppleness, lovely fruit and harmony. A superb example of a graceful, balanced wine that is delicious now and can evolve over many years.
Deep ruby-red. The freshest on the nose of the 2003s at this address offering slightly high-toned smoky raspberry minerals and graphite and a suggestion of medicinal austerity. Offers great breadth and early charm but also possesses very firm underlying structure. Finishes with big ripe tannins and outstanding grip and length. Stephen Tanzers IWC.
A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Haut Brion Blanc 750ml
Even better, and clearly the best wine made in the Haut-Brion stable in 2003 (the last vintage of the great Jean-Bernard Delmas as administrator), the 2003 Haut-Brion is a blend of 58% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc that hit 13% natural alcohol, which seemed high at the time, but given more recent vintages is modest. Dark ruby/plum in color, with no amber or orange at the edge, the wine exhibits an abundance of roasted herbs, hot rocks, black currants, plum, and balsamic notes. Quite rich, medium to full-bodied and more complete, with sweeter tannins than La Mission Haut-Brion, this full-bodied Haut-Brion has hit full maturity, where it should stay for at least a decade. Bravo!
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