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.
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
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!
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(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.
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