This Tuesday March 6, 2018 we visited the winery Les Carmes Haut-Brion.
A real gem in the city of Bordeaux, with an exceptional terroir due to its location and composition.
The history of the Carmes Haut-Brion dates back to the 16th century. In 1584, the Lord of Haut-Brion Jean de Pontac donated a vast mill with meadows and vines to the Grand Carmes.
Became a National Property during the Revolution, the property was bought in 1840 by Léon Colin, Bordeaux wine merchant and ancestor of the Chantecaille family, then passed down from generation to generation within the Chantecaille-Furt family.
Since 2010, the real estate group Pichet has been acquiring the entire estate consisting of 6 hectares of vines and the noble park (4h) designed in the 19th century by the landscape gardener Louis-Bernard Fischer.
This property has the particularity of being surrounded by the city. It is an urban estate in its own right, the only one today to have an address in the Aquitaine capital: 20, rue des Carmes in Bordeaux and to be located in three communes: Pessac, Mérignac and Bordeaux.
This unclassified growth is in full mutation. Firstly through major investments, such as the construction of a spectacular new winery, designed by Philippe Starck and the Bordeaux architect Luc Arsène-Henry.
“A magic cellar”
The building occupies an area of nearly 2000 square metres on four levels with 300 barrels on the first floor, a reception area for the harvest on the second floor, a tasting room on the third floor and finally a panoramic terrace of 350 square metres on the fourth floor overlooking the estate.
On the terroir side, the 6 hectares of the property, near the Haut-Brion plateau, are composed of a mixture of gravel, sand and clay on a limestone subsoil. The vines are on average 40 years old and are planted at a rate of 10 000 vines per hectare. They are protected by an enclosure wall and enjoy a microclimate and the warmth of the city of Bordeaux that stretches around.
Three grape varieties make up the Château Les Carmes-Haut-Brions production. Merlot is the main wine (55%) followed by Cabernet Franc (30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). The viticulture is called reasoned and follows traditional methods.
Two wines are produced :
– Les Carmes Haut Brion : 55% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot; 15% Cabernet Sauvignon;
– Le Clos des Carmes Haut-Brion : 75% Merlot; 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Magnificent visit, thanks to Sylvie Fleury for her fascinating explanations and her professionalism.