2011 Carbonnieux Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1153555 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (4/ 2012)

90 points 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)  (4/ 2014)

James Suckling

 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.  (2/ 2014)

Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2014)

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By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/2/2014  | Send Email
* Very aromatic. Quite rich and deep with creamy mid-palate fruit. Slightly toasty, with good acid. A delicious, balanced, fine wine.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.