Intriguing nose of burning embers, sage and tobacco leaf. Medium- to full-bodied, with a hot rocks-type element, solid acidity and a good amount of still-unresolved tannin. Finishes quite long, with a whiplash of minerals and dark fruits. Still very young, with a promising future ahead -- way ahead. I would wait at least another five years before opening another. This must be the be the greatest Carbonniex in recent memory, as it certainly eclipses the 1995, 1998 and 2000 by a healthy margin.
Decanted 2h. Light- to medium-bodied Bdx. Faint nose of cigar box, tobacco, and red fruit. On the palate a good balance of tobacco, raspberry, cherry, oak, faint tannin and a slight acid finish, nice with sausages tonight. Tasty Bdx in its drinking window.
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(Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan) Lovely and very typical, unforced Graves fruit on the nose, red berries with gravel and tobacco, and there is a little edge of sweetness to it that tells us the wine still has more development to do I think. The palate is soft, but gently polished, with nice flesh and a very well integrated structure. Through the middle the tannins show a little more, and there is good acidity too. It is a little loosely held together today but there is certainly very good potential here. There is purity to the flesh too, ripe tannins and an elegant style. Very good indeed.
(Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan) There are attractive, black fruit aromas on the nose here, but also a faint lacing of tobacco, something I would not expect to see until the wine is more mature. It has a good concentration of fruit, and a slightly burnt, charcoaly character. The composition is soft and supple to the fore, but behind it there is quite a bit of grip and an attractive, bitter streak. Overall this wine is unassuming and nicely put together.
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