Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Leognan Rouge 2017 - 750ml

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93pts Wine Spectator

This packs solid blackberry, red currant and boysenberry fruit paste flavors together, all inlaid with tar and licorice snap notes. A bold brambly edge infuses the finish with grip and energy. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2022 through 2035.

93pts Wine Enthusiast

The ripeness of this wine creeps up slowly to reveal swaths of black fruits and a densely tannic core. The wine is layered with acidity that balances the black-currant flavors. The wine will age well. Drink from 2023.

92pts James Suckling

This has attractively fresh and ripe, cassis and blackcurrant aromas. The palate has measured shape and a supple, fleshy feel with plenty of depth to the cassis and blueberries. Drink or hold.

92pts Jeb Dunnuck

The 2017 Château Carbonnieux is also more than a little impressive. This medium-bodied, balanced, elegant red gives up notes of cassis, spring flowers, and classy oak. It’s not massive by any stretch yet excels on its balance and purity.  Barrel Sample: 90-92

91pts Decanter

They have controlled the extraction extremely well here, and it has some lovely delicacy on the attack, with firm blackberry and blueberry fruits - the fruit register is on the fresh side but they have handled it with precision and care. It stops a little short, but the aromatics are very clean and elegant, and highly appealing when you give it time to unfurl.  Barrel Sample

91pts Tim Atkin

Juicy fruity red and black fruit. Rich and with sweet spices. Balanced acidity and tannins. Fruity but appealing and rounded. Good depth and length.  Barrel Sample: 89-91

Winemaker Notes

The 2017 red vintage is enhanced by its freshness and rich fruity character such as raspberry and blackcurrant without an excess of maturity. The analyses show an important intensity in color giving a beautiful garnet red. In the mouth, the entry is delicate, the mid-palate is compact and sweet at the same time. All this gives a fine long structured finish. 2017 will be a vintage full of finesse.

Blend: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

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