Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan (Pre-Arrival) 2015
JS93: "The dark berry and iodine aromas are fascinating with bark and black tea undertones. Medium to full body, juicy fruit and a savory finish. Hints of tobacco and chocolate. A long time favorite. Drink in 2020." - James Suckling
AG93: "The 2015 Carbonnieux is impressive. Dense and powerful in the glass, with layers of fruit and insistent, driving tannins, the 2015 has a lot to offer. Black cherry, smoke, scorched earth, licorice, cedar and game fuse together and all the elements are very nicely balanced in this impeccable Pessac-Léognan." - Antonio Galloni
NM92: "The 2015 Carbonnieux has a gorgeous bouquet with red cherry, raspberry and crushed rose petals, pretty and feminine and yet gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, tight at the moment but focused with a gentle grip in the mouth. Unlike the nose, the palate is conversely more masculine and austere than it showed from barrel, but it is a stylish Carbonnieux that should age well. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2040." - Neal Martin
WA91-93: "The 2015 Carbonnieux is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot matured in 30% new barrels for 15-18 months. It has a surprisingly high-toned and opulent bouquet, with kirsch and orange sorbet infusing the cassis and raspberry fruit. The palate is sweet and generous in style, harmonious in the mouth, with the structure only becoming apparent as it wends its way to the finish. Perhaps it just cuts away a little swiftly, but otherwise this remains a very well-crafted and highly enjoyable Pessac-Léognan."