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Château Carbonnieux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

We systematically use skin contact before fermentation to bring out many delicious aromas and flavours. The must is then left to settle in vat under constant control, until it reaches the desired level of clarity. The wine is aged on the lees and stirred regularly to release all sorts of complex aromas from the dead yeast.

Château Carbonnieux:
Chateau Carbonnieux is located just a few miles from Bordeaux. This beautiful castle overlooks one of the largest vineyards in the Graves region. The Estate's seven centuries of history have often been quite dramatic. Carbonnieux is one of the leading Graves Chateaux that justified the creation of the Prestigious Pessac-Léognan appellation. This property is one of the oldest in Gr... Read more
Chateau Carbonnieux is located just a few miles from Bordeaux. This beautiful castle overlooks one of the largest vineyards in the Graves region. The Estate's seven centuries of history have often been quite dramatic. Carbonnieux is one of the leading Graves Chateaux that justified the creation of the Prestigious Pessac-Léognan appellation. This property is one of the oldest in Graves. The original château was constructed around 1380 during the "Hundred Years War" and consequently its architecture is drawn along castellated lines. It initially belonged to the Bordeaux Hospices, thereafter the Ferron family and then the Councillors at the Parliament of Guyenne from 1519 until 1741. Named after Ramon Carbonnieux in 1234, the Château and vineyards were purchased in 1740 by Benedictines who started bottling wine at the Château. The Benedictines were ousted by the Revolution and the property changed hands several times between 1790 and 1956 when it was acquired by Marc Perrin, father of the current owner. A member of a family of wine growers of Burgundian origin, the Perrin's had been producing wines in Algeria for the last four generations. Marc Perrin and his son Antony improved the vineyards, restored the Château and modernized all of the working areas. Château Carbonnieux produces as much white wine as it does red. Chateau Carbonnieux, Graves, BordeauxChateau Carbonnieux It is true to say that Carbonnieux has a microclimate that is extremely conducive to winegrowing. This is due to the estate's position on a rise, the effect of the nearby Garonne river and Eau Blanche stream, and the excellent quality of the gravely soil. Furthermore, the proximity of Bordeaux has the effect of increasing the temperature by an average of 2° or 3° in winter. The estate includes 45-hectares of red grape varieties and 43-hectares of white, located on deep gravel slopes in close proximity to the Garonne River and Eau Blanche stream. Long famous for its white wine, Carbonnieux has been in the unusual position of producing both Red and White Graves for several centuries. The grand vin is Chateau Carbonnieux - red or white - although many would regard the white (20000 cases) as the more significant cuvée. Quality has remained in the ascendant in recent vintages. The red (25000 cases) does not challenge for top wine of the appellation, but it is well made if somewhat rustic, usually appropriately priced, and again quality has been on the up. The second wine is La Tour Léognan. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Château Carbonnieux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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0.00 5
04/10/2009

A fair amount of sulfur quickly blows off and reveals well integrated oak on the nose but that can't conceal the deep plummy fruit and black mineral notes on this fairly effusive nose. There are some nice notes of shaved Belgian chocolate, ash, oily green herbs and ripe vegetal tones adding complexity. This has some blazing acidity right up front which is joined by lots of polished tannins. The structure really frames the black currant, black plum, and balsamic notes and keep the wine focused and nicely tense through the long, bright red currant finish. With substantial depth of fruit and fine balance this has a long life to look forward to though if one were to pik nits it does carry a bit too much alcohol which becomes apparent on the backend. 2013-2025 92pts.


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4.50 5
04/10/2009

Thick, delicious, smooth and silky. There's some black fruit on the nose, dried figs too and maybe a bit of spice and oak. It's pretty luxurious in the mouth, light and juicy, yet dark and inky at the same time with a good structure, well balanced with a finish of earth and leather. We probably should have held off on opening this, but we couldn't really wait that long.

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Snooth User: Adam Levin
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4.00 5
04/10/2009

Great nose of eucalyptus, lavender, fig, licorice, maple syrup, and toasted waffles. Dark purple color. Well integrated tannins. Nice fruit. Needs time, but delicious now.


Snooth User: Philip James
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3.50 5
04/10/2009

Very animal nose - wet wool and meats. Still tight and tannic, with tar, leather and mint flavors. There's a lot of depth and behind the tough exterior is some nice cherry and blue berry notes. In time, with age, these will show through more.


Snooth User: Sweetstuff
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4.00 5
04/10/2009

Redcurrant and sappy apple flavors; energetic, with good balance. Needs 2-3 more years in cellar.


Snooth User: JVM
181173153
4.50 5
05/16/2009

Everything a white bordeaux should be: acidic, mineral notes, lemon / citrus flavors, a touch of honey. Have had one bottle, the other is in the cellar to age a while. While I find the 2005 very good now....everything that I have read and have been told about this vintage is that age will improve it. I am looking forward to it.


External Reviews for Château Carbonnieux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/09/2011

Beautiful aromas of white peaches, crushed rocks, candle wax, and lemon rind along with a touch of quince emerge from this medium-bodied, crisp, flavorful effort. Excellent acidity as well as a long finish suggest it will drink well for 10-15+ years. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Carbonnieux Blanc 750ml


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07/06/2011

WA 91pts. - According to Robert Parker: Surprisingly reminiscent of a Burgundy grand cru such as Corton, this 2005 Pessac-Leognan offers a dark ruby hue as well as beautifully sweet, leafy, black cherry, and smoky aromas intermixed with hints of oak and earth. Not a blockbuster, it is a wine of finesse, delicacy, and purity with lovely balance, good acidity, ripe tannin, and a sweetness that permeates the flavors as well as the tannic structure. It should be drinkable at a relatively young age. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025.


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07/02/2008

A beautiful and lush 2005 red Graves that is now in stock and ready to ship.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
12/14/2011

Surprisingly reminiscent of a Burgundy grand cru such as Corton, this 2005 Pessac-Leognan offers a dark ruby hue as well as beautifully sweet, leafy, black cherry, and smoky aromas intermixed with hints of oak and earth. Not a blockbuster, it is a wi... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Carbonnieux 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Barrel sample. Lemon, honey and spice dominate this attractive wine which is poised, light and fresh. There is a little structure of gooseberry tannins which add to the pleasure. Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blanc wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Carbonnieux Blanc 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/18/2009

The finest Carbonnieux in nearly fifty years, this cuvee is reminiscent of a grand cru Burgundy, largely because of its sweet cherry, forest floor, and smoky components. The stunning 2005 possesses mo... Robert Parker. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2005 Carbonnieux 375ml



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We systematically use skin contact before fermentation to bring out many delicious aromas and flavours. The must is then left to settle in vat under constant control, until it reaches the desired level of clarity. The wine is aged on the lees and stirred regularly to release all sorts of complex aromas from the dead yeast.

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