Carmes Haut Brion 2018 has been released at €69 per bottle ex-negociant, up 27.7% on the 2017 release (€54). It is being offered by the international trade for £828 per 12×75, up 32% on the 2017 release (£627).
Critical reception for this year’s Carmes Haut Brion has been positive. Antonio Galloni (Vinous) scored the wine 95-98 points, describing it as “one of the wines in this vintage that comes very close to its 2016 sibling”.
James Suckling added that it was “extremely long and persistent” and awarded a barrel range of 97-98. Lisa Perroti Brown (Wine Advocate) commented on its “bold freshness” and “rock-solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins”. She scored the wine a slightly lower 94 points.
Prices for Carmes Haut Brion are 73% correlated to critic score. Based on today’s release price of £828 per 12×75, the wine is coming to the market below the line implied by our ‘fair value’ methodology.
Carmes Haut Brion was the best Bordeaux label in terms of price performance in the 2018 Liv-ex Power 100 – our annual list of the most powerful brands in the fine wine market. Following strong scores from Galloni and Suckling, today’s release is likely to attract attention from collectors.
Alternatively, the 2015 and 2012 vintages also look attractive.
Looking for more?
Our Bordeaux 2018 pages contain everything you need to know about this year’s En Primeur campaign, including:
- Critic scores
- Release prices
- Bordeaux 2018 analysis tool[members only]
- The conversation on social media
- Liv-ex’s fair value methodology