James Suckling 97-98
Exotic fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry, peach and orange peel. It’s full-bodied with a vertical flow of layered, chewy tannins that are integrated and intense. Extremely polished and focused. Crushed stone to the fruit in the aftertaste. Some bark a
The 2020 Le C des Carmes Haut-Brion needed 10–15 minutes in the glass before it gained clarity, eventually delivering ripe black fruit and hints of dark chocolate and licorice, quite heady and ebullient. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, saturated tannins that frame the dark chocolate and allspice-infused black fruit. There’s plenty of flesh toward the finish, although this year I find quite a difference between this and the Grand Vin.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2038