THE WINE ADVOCATE: "From this 92-hectare estate, the 2022 Carbonnieux is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, matured in 40% new oak in 225-liter barrels. The bouquet offers up elegant and vibrant aromas of cassis, blueberry, iris, violet and spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is perfectly balanced, concentrated and fleshy ,with velvety tannins and excellent concentration. This is an excellent Carbonnieux—indeed, it may be one of the best of modern times."
DECANTER: "Plump and nicely juice, though quite serious too with the liquorice and clove spiced tannins coming in fairly quickly but they do give the structure and intensity that is so appealing in 2022 still with a sleek frame. Dense and ripe, but still with cool blue fruit and overall refreshing aspects. Just a little knitted down and compact right now but good potential here. The tannins are great, really juicy, powdery and fleshy with some spiced edges on the finish. This is enjoyable. 5% Cabernet Franc completes the blend."
FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe. zarte Randaufhellung. Feine Pflaumenfrucht, Nugat, Orangenzesten, ein Hauch von Pralinen. Saftig, elegant, reife Kirschen, tragende, integrierte Tannine, feines Nugat, mineralisch und gut anhaftend, verfügt über Reifepotenzial."
JAMES SUCKLING: "Soft and juicy red with blackberry and blueberry character. Medium body. Velvety tannins. Medium finish. Could use a little more at the end, but nicely focused."
VINUM: "Beeindruckende aromatische Komplexität; Kirsche und Schokolade; fleischiger Auftakt, ungewohnt wuchtige und doch fruchtige Entwicklung über schokoladigem, besonders feinpuliverigem Tannin, langer, feuriger Ausklang; ungewohnt opulent und doch sehr stimmig."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Cocoa, smoke, blackberries, black cherries, tobacco leaf, and herbs create the nose. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, vibrant, silky, and soft, with a sweetness to the fruits that meshes perfectly with its lift and energy that carries through to the blackberry, currant, and earthy chocolate packed finish. The wine blends 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2026-2045."
JEB DUNNUCK: "Showing the ripe, powerful style of the vintage, the 2022 Château Carbonnieux offers lots of up-front red and black fruits as well as some classic Graves graphite, earth, and spice. Medium-bodied on the palate, it has fine tannins and a great finish."