Bright deep color. The nose is smoky and minty with a hint of tobacco and berries. In the mouth the it has good acid and moderate tannins, then a good fruit finish with a drying tannins. This was the first 2011 I tasted that might age more that a few years.
See previous note. The second bottle was ok. Red and dark forest fruits in both the bouquet and on the palate. Ok acidity and drying tannin in the finish. Not extremely concentrated. An ok wine, but one of the least impressive ones in this tasting. Would like to try again around 2017 or 18. 86 for now.
Corked. This is always sad…. Already half a bottle empty at a professional tasting and the producer did not taste the wine before pouring the it. And he agreed the wine was corked… What to think about the "professionals"….?...
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(Château Carbonnieux (Pessac-Léognan)) Quite a sweet and smoky tinge here, so perhaps some oak elements coming through. The fruit also has a deep, dark character, but it remains fresh. The texture on the palate kicks off in a very supple fashion and this remains true through the middle, although the style of fruit is quite full. The tannins are fairly firm, dominating towards the end; they certainly bring a chewy feel to the finish. Nicely balanced acidity though, quite correct, but there is a little more robust extraction here than in some of the more elegantly handled wines. No issues with fruit ripeness though. Good, but in a firmer and more robust style.
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