Seemed as though others thought this was drinking well/not yet closed down/open for business, and I must say I regret opening it. Granted it was just a gift, but all the same, it felt spiky, not really ready to drink at all. Certainly not so tannic as to be cactus-like, but for sure the little fruit that was up for grabs was enrobed in puckering tannins. Really wouldn't touch this for many years.
Deep dark red. Nose was brett and cassis. On the palette, dark chocolate, leather, and earth. Fruit came out after an hour, dark berries and raisin. Good balance with light tannins. Very delicious with rib eye.
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(Chateau Carbonnieux (Pessac-Léognan)) Sweet and slightly smoky fruit on the nose here. Certainly a firm, lightly toasty barrel influence also. An elegant style on the palate though, perfumed and yet with a very good density, fresh, and well filled out. In the middle there is a good showing of crunchy tannins, with a full, spicy, sandalwood-tinged layer of fruit. Plenty of firm acidity. It all leads into a strong, grippy finish. Very attractive, although in a firm and robust style. A good effort for Carbonnieux though.
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