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1996 Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France

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Indicative blend: 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price Range of 750ml bottle, ex-tax in USD
Average: $89   From: $64   To: $126

Search Rank 728 What is search rank?
Over all vintages, this was the 728th most popular wine on Wine-Searcher last year. Search rank last month: 1062nd

Score: 80. When to drink: 2000 to 2012
The Wine-Searcher score of 80/100 is calculated from the following wine critic scores:
Critic Score When to drink
86/100   2004 to 2012
79/100    
14/20    
13/20   2000 to 2004
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Price History for 1996 Chateau Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France
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Grape Variety: Bordeaux Blend Red

A Bordeaux Blend, at its most basic, is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. The phrase, which seems to have originated with British wine merchants in the 19th Century, relates as much to wines made from the blend as to the grape-variety combination itself (© Copyright material, Wine-Searcher.com). Far from being an officially defined or legal term, it is almost never used for wine-labeling purposes (although it occasionally appears on back labels). Its equivalent in the United States is Meritage, which is not only legally defined, but also a registered trademark.

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Region Hierarchy
  • Pessac-Leognan wine region

    Pessac-Leognan is a prestigious appellation for wines produced in a particular area of the Bordeaux region of south-western France. A relatively new appellation, it was carved out of the Graves sub-region in 1987 – recognized in its own right on the merits of its high-quality red and white wines. This was a significant change, as many of the chateaux in what is now Pessac-Leognan were the best performers in the Graves Classification of 1959.

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  • Graves wine region

    Graves is a wine district in France's Bordeaux region, characterized by the gravel soils (graves) after which it is named. Unique among Bordeaux's sub-regions, Graves is respected as much for its red wines as for its whites. It is the only district producing Grand Cru wines of both colors, most notably the Premier Grand Cru chateaux Haut-Brion (dry red and dry wh ... more

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