Chateau Carbonnieux

One of the most ancient winegrowing estates in Bordeaux, Chateau Carbonnieux has made wine without interruptin since the 13th century. The chateau itself is an impressive building dating from the 4th century that had as many as twelve towers at one time.

 

The first owners - and accomplished winegrowers - were the Benedictine monks of Sainte-Croix abbey in Bordeaux, who made internationally-renowned red and white wines centuries ago. They also succeeded in introducing their pale-coloured, crystal clear white wine to the palace of the Sultan of Constantinople by labelling it 'Mineral Water Carbonnieux' to get around the prohibition against alcoholic beverages. 

 

For over fifty years, Carbonnieux has belonged to the Perrin family, winegrowers from father to son since the early 19th century.

 

Located on the highest point in the commune of Leognan, on soil that is perfectly drained by a stream called L'Eau Blanche, Carbonnieux's terroir is especially conducive to producing fine quality red and white wines.

Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe de Graves Blanc

VINEYARD

Soil: Deep gravel and clay-limestone.

Surface: 42 hectares Location: The vineyard for Chateau Carbonnieux's white wine is situated on clay-limestone slopes whichsupport the region's famous Garonnaise gravel.

Average age of the vineyard: 30 years

Grape varieties: 65% Sauvignon / 35% Sémillon

 

VINIFICATION

Hand harvesting. Selecting picking and sorting in the vat room. Gentle pressing or skin contact. Cold clarification(débourbage). Barrel fermenting. Barrel aging for 10 months (30% new oak) with lees stirring.

Reviews:

"Another full-throttle 2012 dry white, this 2012 offers lots of honeysuckle notes as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel and beautiful purity, elegance and length. Lemon zest, grapefruit and subtle wood characteristics are found in both the aromatic and flavor profiles. Drink this stunning Pessac-Leognan over the next 6-10 years." 90-92, Wine Advocate April 2013

Price: Fl $360
 
Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classe de Graves

VINEYARD
Soil: Deep gravel and clay-limestone
Average of the vineyard: 27 years
Grape Varieties: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon / 35% Merlot / 5% Cabernet Franc / 5% Petite Verdot

 

VINIFICATION
Hand harvesting. Double sorting in the vat room. Vatting for 3 to 4 weeks in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Barrel ageing from 15 to 18 months with 35 to 40% new oak.

Reviews:

"A very complex wine from the Perrin family, the 2012 Carbonnieux has dense ruby/purple color, notes of grilled meats, blackcurrants, sweet cherries, graphite and spice. It is medium to full-bodied, elegant, very pure with supple tannins. This can be drunk in a few years, but promises to age impressively for 12-20 years." ~ 91, Wine Advocate April 2015

Price: Fl $360