2010 Carbonnieux Rouge, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)
Big, dusty tannins are forward on this firmly structured wine. Very dense in its character and style, serious and dark, it will develop slowly as its more juicy side begins to show through.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 7% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot; 13.5% alcohol) Very deep ruby-purple color. Raspberry, smoke and a whiff of floral red cherry on the nose. Juicy, intense and almost sweet, with a lightly minty quality to the rich red fruit flavors. Nicely delicate, lively Pessac-Leognan, with a texture that's more Burgundian than Bordeaux-like - at least at this stage of its development. The fresh finish features very good balance, smooth tannins and subtle length.
Intense, with dark, smoldering tobacco and charcoal leading the way, along with densely layered currant preserves, fig paste and blackberry coulis flavors. The finish lets the pure fruit sing, while a violet note waits in reserve. Best from 2014 through 2024.
I like the blueberry, menthol and mineral character, with full body, and silky, refined tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Extremely soft, up-front, classic Pessac-Leognan, the 2010 Carbonnieux possesses plenty of unsmoked cigar tobacco, roasted herbs, lavender, sweet kirsch and black currant fruit and sweet tannin. Seductive, lush and sensual, it is rather Burgundian in its elegant, savory, evolved style. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
Inky. Ripe dark damson fruit but not in the least overripe. Cassis too. More severe on the palate than I expected. Lovely and dry and already scented on the mid palate. Fragrant and firm, dense but fine tannins. One for the long term.