2005 Carbonnieux, Pessac-Léognan
On the one hand fairly polished, but in the other a wine of real richness and considerable weight, Carbonnieux speaks straight to what is best in the vintage and delivers plenty of well-ripened fruit within a balanced, classically claret-like frame. It may finish a bit of the astringent side at the moment, but it never dries out under the weight of its tannin, and its deep, long-lasting flavors show the kind of fruity buoyancy to make six to eight years of cellaring a risk-free proposition.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Surprisingly reminiscent of a Burgundy grand cru such as Corton, this 2005 Pessac-Leognan offers a dark ruby hue as well as beautifully sweet, leafy, black cherry, and smoky aromas intermixed with hints of oak and earth. Not a blockbuster, it is a wine of finesse, delicacy, and purity with lovely balance, good acidity, ripe tannin, and a sweetness that permeates the flavors as well as the tannic structure. It should be drinkable at a relatively young age. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025.
A soft but vivid wine, with spice, tannins and acidity over opulently ripe fruit. It is rounded, a wine that is likely to develop well over the next 5-6 years. Impressively drinkable.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Moderately saturated medium red. Somewhat shallow aromas of redcurrant, plum and tobacco. Soft, plump flavors of redcurrant, smoke, tobacco and earth are given some shape by firm tannins. Finishes clean and persistent. Not bad, but this bottle is not up to the quality of the barrel sample I tried last spring.
Shows very pretty blackberry, blueberry and mineral aromas. Full- to medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a fruity, fresh and silky finish. Best after 2011.
Lighter style. Sweet and fruity. Easy drinker. Good mid palate. Lots of minerals. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer). Five Stars (the most) from Decanter: "Rich and sweet with dark fruit and oaky spice. A flattering first impression. Dense, sweet, ripe, rich palate. Soft, but deep tannins. Still manages to retain a hallmark fragrance. Long, dry, fresh finish. Drink from 2012-25." Jancis Robinson: "Dense and meaty and savoury with lots of dry but not drying tannin. Correct and sappy." (10/2009)