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A pure nose of red fruit, good ripeness and darker spice overtones. Grip and density on the finish. Not quite the tension of the best, so it seems a little more earthbound, but a good solid wine. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 90-91 L&S (Apr 2017)
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Notes of red and black currants, truffles, smoked earth, and graphite emerge from the 2016 Château Carbonnieux. Medium-bodied, ripe, with present tannins and good acidity, it has an old-school vibe and is classic Graves. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2034 Rating: 91 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Feb 2019)
The 2016 Carbonnieux has a gorgeous, beautifully defined bouquet with pure black fruit, hints of sous-bois and pressed flowers, the new oak seamlessly integrated. What a nuanced and sensual bouquet! The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of ripe, black, graphite-tinged fruit, supremely well-judged acidity and a level of harmony that frankly, I have never encountered on a Carbonnieux. This is a brilliant wine from this Pessac-Léognan estate that has threatened to make a wine this good in the past. Drinking range: 2021 - 2050 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
Very lively and fresh on the nose. Thick and sweet. Lacks a little bit of life but it's superficially flattering. Very drying finish. Lots of mass but not that much finesse. Drinking range: 2024 - 2037 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2017)
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