There's a great deal of attention directed at Guillaume Pouthier, the rising star of Bordeaux wine. The Director of Carmes Haut-Brion has always been absolutely dedicated and full of ideas; now, the results of all his hard work, on this Carmes Haut-Brion terroir that resembles a town garden, are becoming apparent. His recipe for success has four key ingredients : "the pursuit of balance; the quest for textural and structural complexity; the determination to express the unique personality of this terroir; and passion for the project".
This year, calm harvesting conditions gave Pouthier a range of options from which to choose the route to perfect balance. The result is a 2018 wine "that is true to itself". He took the gamble of a gentle fermentation and minimal intervention: no punching down or pumping over, extraction carried out solely by infusion, with no maceration, and whole-bunch vinification for 52% of the harvest.
The result is a stunning wine, with a precise yet elegant bouquet and immense sophistication. "The first impression is pure velvet; there are also irises, violets, peonies... the wine is relatively closed but the longer you hold it in the mouth, the more powerful it becomes."