This could be one of the best Bordeaux Bargains to ever grace the shelves at West Palm Wines. Hailing from the region of Fronsac, a viticultural area close to St Emilion and Pomerol and only 20 miles from the city of Bordeaux, Chateau Haut Carles is one of the big over achievers in the area. I have had this wine numerous times since I first bought it back in 2010 as part of the 2009 Bordeaux Futures Campaign. It was great then a bargain. And it is still both things today. So when I was offered some more recently and then tasted it, I was very pleased how the wine had evolved and matured. No more waiting on this wine, enjoy it now! Drinks like a good Pomerol for a fraction of the price!
ONLY 10 CASES AVAILABLE
JUST ARRIVED IN FLORIDA FROM BORDEAUX
SHOULD BE IN MY WAREHOUSE THIS WEEK OR NEXT
SELLS FOR $39.99BTL EVERYWHERE ELSE WE HAVE IT FOR WAY LESS
The Château’s first stones were laid during the course of the Hundred Years’ War, but the chateau has been in existence, in its current fortified form, since the start of the 15th century. It was raised by the heralded De Carle family, members of which were highly prominent in Bordeaux between the 15th and 17th centuries. These included, amongst numerous others Canon Vital Carles, who founded the Hospital of Bordeaux, Jean de Carles who presided around 1520 over the Parliament of Bordeaux during the reign of the illustrious King François 1st, and François de Carles, Mayor of Bordeaux in 1561. At the turn of the 19th century, Guillaume Chastenet de Castaing, Member of Parliament and Senator of Gironde for 30 years or so, bought the estate. An aficionado of Fronsac wines, he acquired the property more for its vineyards than for the château, which had fallen into abandon. He would restore the interior, refurbish the terrace and plant the cypress trees that now adorn the land and so clearly mirror the landscapes of Tuscany…
For a place that is referred to as ‘the Tuscany of the Gironde’, Fronsac can be a mystery at times. It has a more consistent limestone terroir than neighboring St-Emilion, with stunning vineyards set on high slopes overlooking the Dordogne and Isle rivers. The Tuscany reference comes from the way its land unfurls in great waves along the river’s edge, its valleys, copses and knots of truffle oaks providing shelter to the lush rows of Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines. Spend a day visiting châteaux here, and you’ll be spoiled by the number of courtyards you are taken to with views stretching out over the valley and down to the river below. If you’re lucky, you’ll be handed a glass of wine to help ease the property envy.
*2009 Haut Carles Fronsac
$29.99btl/$323.89 per case
(Robert Parker 92)
Right up there with the best of the Fronsacs, the 2009 Haut-Carles is a blend of 90% Merlot and the rest split between Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Boasting Dr. Alain Raynaud as the oenologist/consultant, an abundance of crushed rock, blueberry, graphite and chalky notes are present in this dense purple wine, which is full-bodied, rich and clearly an over-achiever in this vintage or any other. Drink it over the next 10