A very mature bottle tonight compared to some of the earlier tastings I have had of this wine. Classically structured with a stoney, earthy palate and mature fruit. Definitely in its drinking window, and based on this bottle I wouldn't hang around too long if you have any left. Very decent food wine. There is some merit, I believe, in drinking these Château Carbonnieux a touch younger while they still have the vigour of youth.
Just creeping out of its dumb phase (which may explain some of the lower scores below) - this wine has good tannic structure to support the development of the fruit for another 10 years easily. The more stalky elements to this wine are slowly melting away to reveal charcoal, berries, minerals and a deeper undercurrent of quality that should start to reveal itself over the next 5-10 years.
This wine was a bit weird; pure lead pencil shavings on the nose with some hints of currants faaaar back. On the palate, it tastes of iron, leather and tobacco. Needs tons of fruit to balance out the mineral aspects. Medium bodied.
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