1970 Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Graves (mid shoulder, signs of past seepage)

SKU #951055

At the age of 101, Lord Jean de Pontac of Haut-Brion felt the time was ripe to prepare his way to heaven. So in 1584, he gave a water-mill surrounded by pasture and vines to the Carmes de Notre-Dame order. The Carmes monks kept the Haut-Brion appellation for 200 years. Then over time, the estate came to be known as Les Carmes Haut-Brion. Another interesting fact, this is the only vineyard that is technically located within the city of Bordeaux. It is quite rare to find Les Carmes with this much bottle age. And at this price, it is a steal.

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- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.