Château Carbonnieux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2005
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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Editorial Reviews for Château Carbonnieux Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Pessac-Léognan Blanc
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.
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.
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.
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.
Redcurrant and sappy apple flavors; energetic, with good balance. Needs 2-3 more years in cellar.
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
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
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.
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
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
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