Les Carmes Haut-Brion 2020 En Primeur: “fantastic grace”

  • The wine is being offered internationally for £948 (12×75).
  • “Great potential” says James Suckling.
  • The 2020 looks very good value against its back vintages.

Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion has been released En Primeur for €78 per bottle ex-négociant, up 20% on the 2019’s opening price.

The wine is being offered for £948 per case by the international trade. This is 9.7% less than the current Market Price of the 2019.

The new release looks well-positioned among its recent back vintages with a good Benchmark Critic score. See more Fair Value analysis below.

Critical Opinion

The wine has received solid scores from the major critics. Neal Martin (Vinous) rated it 94-96 points, noting it was a, “serious Les Carmes Haut-Brion with a very long future ahead”.

Antonio Galloni rated it 95-97+, and said he “can’t wait to taste the 2020 from the bottle”. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (Wine Advocate) gave it the same score and said it was a, “stunning expression of the vintage that should be long lived and age with fantastic grace”.

James Suckling scored the wine 96-98, noting it had “great potential”.

Fair Value

The 2020 release looks Fair Value. Its score bracket of 94-96 from Martin makes it one of the best-rated vintages of recent times.

It is available at a discount to both the higher-rated 2016 and lower-rated 2015 and 2018. It is also at a discount to the 2019 though that wines has not yet been scored by Martin.

Other vintages from the estate that currently offer value for buyers include the 2017, 2012 and 2011. All of these wines are rated 92-points or higher and priced below £1,000 a case.


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