I enjoyed this wine in Normandy 2 years ago and was looking forward to drinking it again. The wine was good both times but this time not as good as I remembered; possibly due to food pairing.
The bottle opened with a very nice nose. The fruit presented notes of "woody" blackberry, some cherry and was slightly dry. The finish was forward in my mouth and lingered much longer than other red wines. I thought this was interesting. This wine probably needs several more years to approach its prime drinking window. It should be decanted before drinking.
Appearance: Bright and clear, this wine is of deep ruby color, with legs. Nose: Clean, the nose shows medium (-) intensity aromas of black fruit such as blackcurrant, dark plum and blackberry, oak notes of cedar, kernel notes of mocha, mineral notes of earth, herbaceous notes of blackcurrant leaf. The wine is youthful. Palate: Dry with medium acidity, medium tannin of ripe and integrated texture, the wine has medium alcohol and is of medium (+) body with medium intensity flavors of black fruit such as blackcurrant, blackberry and dark cherries, oak notes of cedar, kernel notes of mocha. The wine has a medium (-) finish. Conclusion: Acceptable quality Pessac-Leognan with a nose lacking concentration and fairly simple, the wine is showing a bit of unripe characters. On the palate it shows balance and reasonable intensity, but not having much length. Overall a wine that is not of much interest. Ready to drink now and not suitable for further ageing.
No intensity on the nose. Palate shows some ink, licorice and spice in a medium bodied whole, with oak not integrated - vanilla stands out like an artificial flavoring. Lacks concentration, alcohol is warm, tannins are coarse and mid palate is hollow. Length is rather short. Moreover I could not sense any Pessac typicity.
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(Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan) This has a forward, open, sweet fruit nose with a black cherry character, very much a gentle but appealing style. The palate has a little weight, polished flesh, clearly a little substance here. In the middle a supple core of tannins, with nice acidity. Overall a nicely composed although gentle wine, and a good effort for the vintage.
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