An exploration of wine

465. Château Carbonnieux, Pessac-Léognan Blanc Grand Cru Classé, 2003

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Book 3 Wine 465

£??; 12.5%

A gift from Christian, for helping out with his finances. We had this on Christmas Eve 2008, with a lamb stir fry. A very interesting one this: reflecting the high heat of 2003 and correspondingly low-ish acidity. Only 12.5% though. Deep gold colour with green glints. Quite powerful nose of lanolin, sage, almonds and vanilla, over tropical / peach fruit, with some lemon too. Medium acidity, creamy, ‘fat’ full-bodied mouthfeel, with flavours of grapefruit peel, peach-flesh, herbs and vanilla. Medium-long finish. Not bad. Interesting. Although could be more refreshing.

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