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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 43 
ProducerChâteau Carbonnieux (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2016 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.2 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 25 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by crowino on 8/29/2012 & rated 89 points: Random purchase by wife when in France, turned out to be a winner, and none too soon. Next year I'd be complaining about it being over the hill. Very nice. Perhaps a bit too much toast on the oak, but otherwise well balanced and lovely with wine. (1958 views)
 Tasted by Enfantterrible on 8/10/2012 & rated 83 points: The nose on this bottle is mute, which maybe attributed to travel shock. In the mouth, slightly bitter, medium bodied set of flavours, with a bit of spice and tobacco to compliment the fruit. Not the heavy, plummy flavours you would expect from the vintage. Nothing exciting but correct for the price I paid (1902 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 8/10/2012: Meh! A shame because this is such a good producer - 2003 is simply a vintage to avoid for this Château. Flabby and lacks structure. (2001 views)
 Tasted by tgadd on 2/7/2012: Given the reputation of the vintage, and the 89 from Parker, this wine (which is drinking really rather well now, could go a little longer, though probably won't hold up the 15 years Parker gives it), can be had for a song, often less than the current release. It smells a little older than it is, with some black tea, cedar and herbs on the nose. Blackcurrant-y fruit in the mouth. Tannins feel a little disjointed, maybe, but the finish is really great with juicy fruit and minerality to boot. It's a very nice wine for the price, and I give it 2 thumbs up! (2184 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/19/2012 & rated 86 points: Nice Bordeaux with clear Pessac character but this to me is a victim of the torrid '03 vintage. Drink up. (2292 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 1/2/2012: This really is starting to show the characteristics of the 2003 vintage, namely that it produced big wines without the necessary structure to age beyond a few years - at least down at the level of wines like this. Decent enough fruit but it is warm and round and sweet without anything to stop it feeling like a woolly pair of socks. Drink now. (1317 views)
 Tasted by djb on 5/3/2011 & rated 90 points: Really quite nice...a reasonable degree of ripeness for the vintage. Some coarse tannins are slightly obtrusive, but the fruit (cherry more than currant or dark berries) is ample, with some cedary notes and minerality. Good freshness for an 03 and fairly evolved for an 8 y.o. Bordeaux. (1909 views)
 Tasted by bmarshall on 1/30/2011 & rated 91 points: Another excellent bottle... fairly modern bordeaux style. Lush dark fruits with some earth and minerals. Full bodied with a nice finish. (2111 views)
 Tasted by Biggsy on 2/20/2010 & rated 86 points: Ruby red. Bright raspberry fruit on the nose with a little cedar and a ferrous/iron note. Elegant and minerally on the palate; pencil shavings and flinty stone, backed up with soft blackberry and cherry fruit. (2352 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 2/9/2010 & rated 84 points: Rich nose with blackberry and earth. Initial blackberry ending with a bit too much acidity; later rather tart with some underlying blackberry. (2527 views)
 Tasted by KristianT on 7/26/2009 & rated 90 points: Although still very young, this Carbonnieux drinks very nicely now. Herbs and earth on the nose, yet elegantly balanced and mineral in its taste with very refreshing tannins. A very good effort for this extreme vintage. (3137 views)
 Tasted by JOJ on 2/7/2009 & rated 86 points: Nice, easy drinking wine. Nose of an older wine -- black tea, ceadar, currant and black cherry. Palate is slightly green and earthy. Notes of blackberry and tabacco. Refreshing acidity. (3139 views)
 Tasted by bmarshall on 11/15/2008 & rated 91 points: Found this to be in excellent shape. Classic Bordeaux. Fragrant nose was full of black fruits and earth. Medium to full bodied palate had well integrated tannins, plenty of fruit and a nice, lingering finish. (3059 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 9/25/2008 & rated 87 points: Tasting note from memory. A mainstay of my cellar, this provides good drinking at a reasonable price. Drinking well now - I thought it would be too young. Good grip and fine, earthy tannins with just enough acidity to keep this wine from being too fruity and cloying. Some crunchy pepper on the palate but this is quite a rich, dark wine. I'm not convinced all of the 2003's will age well so I am reasonably happy to have tried one of these at a reasonably young age. Will keep the others for 2-5 years and let them start to develop more deeper secondary characteristics. Obviously will keep much longer but will the fruit overwhelm the acidity and tannins? The dilema of the 2003 vintage..... Overall very good. (3150 views)
 Tasted by ancientvines on 5/12/2007 & rated 91 points: Sue really like. Very Nice. (4149 views)
 Tasted by french16 on 1/1/2007 & rated 88 points: Still very young with harsh tannins but looks promising. (4436 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/22/2006: April 2006 Bordeaux Tasting at K&L (K&L Wines in Redwood City): Muted nose of fruit and some green herbs. Lots of fruit on the pallate, not complex, but good. Full bodied. Smooth. Nice medium finish with a hint of menthol. Easiest wine to drink today of any of the wines tasted. Not much oak noticable. (++) (6712 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 4/22/2006 & rated 88 points: Vanilla, minty nose; tasty, simple, cassis, red fruit, oak and dry tannin palate; medium finish (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot) (2710 views)
 Tasted by winefool on 1/1/2006 & rated 91 points: Nice, but still a little tight. 1/06 (4686 views)
 Tasted by peternelson on 4/1/2004 & rated 90 points: Ch. Carbonnieux: Burried softer frt., more pure light frt-cherry & berry; big mth, glycerin fat; more frt in mth, good ager; long t’s, dirt fin., hint of sourness at end. (856 views)

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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/1/2010)
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By Julia Harding, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/23/2008)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/7/2005)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/22/2006)
(Château Carbonnieux) Vanilla, minty nose; tasty, simple, cassis, red fruit, oak and dry tannin palate; medium finish (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot)  88 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2005
(Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan) A nose of blackberries and butter here, indicating a very ripe fruit profile with some residual oak influence. Full and moderately creamy style on the palate, with decent tannins, which are ripe and nicely composed. There is decent acidity and blackberry fruit. This has a supple, attractive style. Rather good. Has potential.  16+ points
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