2016 Chateau Carbonnieux Rouge

Year: 2016
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 94-95
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Jeff Leve: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$42.95
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"Well-built, with a core of dense plum paste, raspberry reduction and melted red licorice notes framed by roasted apple wood accents and backed by juicy, brambly grip on the finish. Youthfully vibrant and should cellar well in the midterm. Best from 2021 through 2031. 15,000 cases made. -JM" (WS)

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Carbonnieux reveals warm black and red plums, blackcurrants and cigar box scents with a waft of crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, fine-grained and with great freshness, it delivers a minerally finish." (WA)

"The 2016 Carbonnieux has a refined bouquet of brambly black fruit, cedar and subtle bay leaf aromas that gently unfolds in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin and a crisp line of acidity. Saline and spicy toward the second half, with a feisty but focused finish that lingers in the mouth. Great potential here. A Pessac-Léognan that deserves a higher profile, especially given quality like this." (VM)

"Big and juicy red with lots of fruit and tannins yet it’s not overdone. Full-bodied, chewy and intense. Lots of potential here. Better than the 2015?" (JS)

"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." (JD)

"Packed with young tannins, this wine shows the structure of the vintage as well as its fresh and perfumed fruit. The combination will develop to produce a restrained and elegant wine. Drink from 2025. -Roger Voss" (WE)

"This is another Pessac Leognan that rocks in 2016! With a good depth of color, the perfume with its smoky fruits, flowers, earth and tobacco leaf is great. And on the palate, the medium- bodied, refined wine is already easy to drink, leaving you with a core of silky, fresh, gravelly red cherries. 1650 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019" (JL)