Next door to two of the finest names in Pessac-Léognan, Château Les Carmes is often forgotten. Le C is their second wine, made from the grapes of its younger vines. Showcasing a high proportion of Merlot, it offers ample supple fruit and complexity.
Most Bordeaux aficionados will be very familiar with Pessac-Léognan stars, Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. However, next door lies Château Les Carmes, named after the monks (les carmes) who owned it for 200 years. It came under significant new ownership in 2010, when Patrice Pichet bought it. He has since built a lavish, new, gravity-fed cellar and extended the vineyards considerably. Unusually three quarters of the grapes go into Le C and, of those, nearly half is Merlot. This gives the wine an intense fruit charm, while partial bunch fermentation (ie with stalks on) gives the wine a fresh sappiness. 2017 was the Bordeaux year of spring frosts, but for those who escaped that devastation, it produced wines of real charm and finesse.
"Brambly black fruit on the nose, crushed violets, fresh fig and a touch of spice that opens nicely"
Neal Martin Wine Advocate on 2016
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