We are delighted to offer a spectacular array of blue-chip Bordeaux, all in highly-desirable and collectable 6L Imperials. Together, the 2016 Mouton Rothschild, 2018 Haut Brion, 2019 La Mission Haut Brion and 2020 Les Carmes Haut Brion are a stunning quartet, any of which would improve even the most complete of cellars.
The 2016 vintage of Mouton Rothschild is one of the great wines of recent Bordeaux history. For Lisa Perrotti-Brown, it is a 100-point superstar and “densely packed with layer upon layer of black fruit preserves and perfumed floral and exotic spice accents”. The 2018 Haut Brion is potentially perfect at 98+ points, with Perrotti-Brown calling it “a beautiful monster, framed with firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and exotic”.
From 2019 we have the La Mission Haut Brion, a 99-point scorer for William Kelley, who calls it “rich and concentrated, with a deep core of fruit, bright acids and fine, powdery tannins”. Finally, from 2020 we have the 100-point Carmes Haut Brion, a cult-collectable gem “that will take your breath away” for Antonio Galloni.
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The 2020 Les Carmes Haut-Brion is a total stunner. For the first time I can remember, Les Carmes Haut-Brion marries all of its elements so well that nothing stands out. In the past, the high percentage of Franc and/or the whole clusters were evident. The 2020 is the first modern vintage in which all the elements are so well balanced. Dark red/purplish fruit, rose petal, mint, lavender, dried herbs and incense all build in a ravishing Pessac-Léognan that will take your breath away.
The 2020 is 40% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Merlot, picked between September 14 to 26, which is early here. Whole cluster was 55%. Vinification took place over five weeks, using very gentle extraction, with no pumpovers or punchdowns. Aging was 80% new oak, 11% 18hL foudres and 9% amphorae. In tasting, the 2020 is simply magnificent. There are no soloists, just the most exceptionally vivid, breathtaking orchestra imaginable. The 2020 is a masterpiece from Technical Director Guillaume Pouthier and his team. Don’t miss it! (2022) www.vinous.com Drink 2030-2070
Offered subject to final confirmation. All available from our cellars in London except the Carmes Haut Brion which will arrive in 8-12 weeks.