Ch Les Carmes Haut-Brion's new era

Ch Les Carmes Haut-Brion cellar

The cellar and vineyard at Bordeaux's most urban wine estate have been transformed to produce wines for both early and long-term consumption.

It could be a question for a television quiz show. Which is the only wine château to have a postal address in the city of Bordeaux? Answer: Ch Les Carmes Haut-Brion. The 11.3-hectare (27.9-acre), walled estate, including park and vineyard, stands at the crossroads of Bordeaux, Pessac and Mérignac but qualifies for a Bordeaux postcode. It’s a truly urban domaine, perhaps even more so than neighbouring Ch Haut-Brion, just up the road in Pessac.

Gate at Ch Les Carmes Haut-Brion

The two, in fact...