Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion: Vineyards

The vineyards are surrounded by the bungalows of suburban Bordeaux, and lie very close to those of Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, with just a few rows of houses interposed between the two. The vineyard is not difficult to find, and is in fact mere walking distance from the hotel I have used regularly during the Bordeaux primeurs, a sign of its suburban encapsulation of course. Unfortunately, although the château is in my opinion one of the prettiest, it is extremely difficult to obtain a good view of it, the entire vineyard being surrounded by a solid concrete wall which must be at least 2 metres in height. I hope – considering this is surely the jewel in the Pichet crown – that the new proprietor replaces this unlike perimeter with more appealing iron railings, or similar, like those that surround its more illustrious counterparts just down the road.

Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

The original vineyard was very small, a mere 4.7 hectares, and although this is obviously still the case the Pichet group have enlarged their holdings beyond this.

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