Medium red, pleasant enough but not very exciting - quite a lot of oak, a little bit tough on the finish, at 13 years old you'd hope for a bit more interest. I would guess cabernet dominated. Could not get much Pessac here, seems to me that you taste a bit more of the elevage than the fruit. I generally prefer the white anyway, but this seemed a little disappointing today.
Absolutely amazing. Got it to rest in my fridge cellar for 6 months before i had it. Opened today, drank from bottle over an hour. No tannins left, very smooth, matured wine. Clean cork, not much deposit. Had with cheese platter, fitted very well with a lot of silkness.
Tasted non blind at home. PnP and drank over 4 hours. Nice nose of black currants and a hint of leather. On the palate, it has more black currants, cigar box and some earth. The finish is subtle but fairly long with hints of black tea and herbs. Mostly resolved tannins and drinking nicely. Good QPR.
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(Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan) 60% CS, 30% M, 7% CF, 3% PV. The first was corked. The second had a classic nose. Gravelly red-black fruits with a minerally, meaty character. A touch lean on the palate. Moderate concentration, but nicely balanced, quite seamless. No great depth or complexity. The rawness of youth and tannin is apparent, but this is a very good wine in the making and shows clearly what improvements have been made here in the last decade or two.
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