This is quite robust for the vintage. And perhaps the rather noticeable new oak has added tannin to the fruit tannins.
So, it's an oaky youthful cabernet (60%) merlot (30%) cab franc (10% blend at present, with that characteristic dry cocoa powder character of Graves. Less fragrant and fine than some medoc Bordeaux from this vintage.
Good wine. Should merit considerably higher points in a decade.
13% ABV. Sealed with cork. Drink now, but better left for another 5 years or more.
The nose is classic Graves with currant, black cherry, tobacco, saddle leather, graphite, and wet gravel. The palate is has nice acidity, tannins that are quite present, but nice fruit. This is young, but drinkable now with appropriate food. Not sure it has the stuffing to fully resolve the tannins so I would probably drink this younger with a nice steak rather than waiting too long as I think the fruit will fade. Overall pretty tasty
Bouquet with cassis, vanilla, some smoke, earth and graphite. On the palate dark forest fruits, concentrated and rustic with still powerful and compact, sticky tannin and a firm amount of acidity and bitterness. Lacks a bit refinement in this stage, but I bet that in 5 or 8 years the wine will show more of that and it will probably last several years after that. 88++
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(Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan) Sweet, smoky, slightly meaty fruit on the nose, showing a little less purely than some wines. Full, rich, ripe and nicely perfumed on the palate, a touch creamy, with well-coated tannins. Notes of violets and sweet, aromatic berries. Rather soft acidity, and less focus than some. Nicely fleshy though.
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