CHATEAU LES CARMES HAUT-BRION ELEMENTS
PESSAC-LÉOGNAN, BORDEAUX, FRANCE
In Bordeaux, perhaps no estate has been on a greater trajectory over the past decade than Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion.
Today, via the Elements project and the separate 2019 and 2020 vintages, we bring you several opportunities to experience the pleasures of this excellent estate. For the Elements, fewer than 1,000 cases were made across all formats, all bottles have been waxed directly at the property and covered with a tracing paper case to protect the original label. The word "oenothèque," imposed on the protective tracing paper, is also an extra guarantee of the wine’s provenance in Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion’s cellars.
Since 2010, when Patrice Pichet, a real estate mogul and wine enthusiast, purchased the property and set it on a dramatically ambitious course, the winemaking has taken a stunning leap forward. Together with winemaker Guillaume Pouthier, whose work in the Rhône had garnered wide renown, Pichet tripled the size of the vineyards (from 10 hectares to 30) and commissioned Philippe Starck to design the winemaking facility, but in every other respect the aim has been to downsize, converting the operation to older, more laborious methods of production. Harvesting is done only by hand, horses are gradually phasing out tractors, and pumpovers are not permitted. The terroir of Bordeaux, made up of Gunz gravel, sand, and clay, is inarguably vital to the consistently high quality of the final product, but so is Pouthier's insistence on allowing stems into the winemaking.
You can rest assured that the same care and detail has been taken to ensure pristine provenance, so that these wines, bottled and stored in the winery's cellar, arrive in your hands in perfect condition. Don't miss this opportunity to stock your cellar with the gorgeous craftsmanship of a rising star estate.
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2023. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in KS, MI, NY or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Monday, September 4th, 2023.