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2005 Carbonnieux, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1040680 91 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (3/2008)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (4/2008)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (6/2008)

K&L Notes

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."

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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2011 | Send Email
It’s back! We had this wine earlier this year, and it sold quickly. This wine is about elegance, with mineral, tobacco and dark fruit on the nose, with the dark fruit dominating the palate. There are still some astringent and slightly bitter tannins on the finish, but some of the tobacco and mineral are coming through.

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