2011 Carbonnieux Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
This is a wine that’s likely to age relatively quickly. It shows sweet wood and black-currant flavors that combine with a spicy element.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
For me, Carbonnieux always tastes similar to a grand cru Burgundy from the appellation of Corton. The deep ruby/plum-colored 2011 offers lots of cherry, earth and spice aromas along with loads of fruit, medium body and a surprisingly packed style. Still young and grapy, this beauty should develop the tell-tale signature of Pessac-Leognan with additional time in the bottle. Readers who have followed this estate, which is also renowned for their dry white wines, will be surprised by the intensity of their 2011. Give it several more years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15+ years. 90+ (RP)
This is a solid, young 2011 with pretty lead-pencil and currant character, plus stones and flowers. Full body with chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. It will be much better in 2016.
Focused, with a graphite note carrying the damson plum, red currant and black cherry fruit, melding into a polished, lightly toasted finish. Drink now through 2018.