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Chateau Carbonnieux History, Overview
Chateau Carbonnieux has a long and extensive history in the Bordeaux wine appellation. In fact it’s one of the oldest estates in the entire Bordeaux wine region with a history dating back to the 12th century! The original chateau was first constructed during the years when the 100 year war was taking place. This is easily noticed when looking at the unique design that includes a myriad of features from the time period.
Jumping ahead to the modern era for Chateau Carbonnieux, after World War 2 ended, Chateau Carbonnieux was in poor condition. By that time, only 29 hectares of vines were remaining. The original chateau had been uninhabited since the First World War and was also in bad shape. The wine making equipment was in even worse condition. After the Perrin family, headed by Marc Perrin, purchased the property, they renovated the entire estate and replanted a large portion of the vineyard. The cellars were renovated in 1990. Today, Chateau Carbonnieux is managed by his two sons Eric Perrin and Philibert Perrin.
Chateau Carbonnieux has nice neighbors. In fact, they are situated close to Chateau Haut Bailly and Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. The gravel based, Pessac Leognan vineyard of Chateau Carbonnieux is planted to red and white grapes. Interestingly, Chateau Carbonnieux is one of the few Bordeaux wine chateau maintaining plantings of all 5 red Bordeaux wine varietals.
Chateau Carbonnieux Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 90 hectare vineyard of Chateau Carbonnieux is perhaps the largest vineyard in Pessac Leognan. The vineyard of Chateau Carbonnieux is almost evenly split between plantings of the grapes for the production of red wine and grapes to make white wine. You can easily divide the vineyard into 3 main sections that is on one large gravel hill. The terroir is gravel, sand, limestone and clay soils. The large vineyard can be further sub divided into 119 different parcels. There are gravel slopes with elevation that rise to 50 meters at their peak.
For the red wine, 47 hectares are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, about .5% Petit Verdot and .5% Carmenere. This makes Chateau Carbonnieux one of the few Bordeaux vineyards with plantings of all 6 allowable grape varieties. The Carmenere grapes are a new addition to their vineyard. On average, the vines for the red wine grapes are 32 years of age. 43 hectares are reserved for the white wine grape varietals.
For the white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Carbonnieux, the vineyard is planted to 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 38% Semillon and 2% Muscadelle. On average the vines are 26 years of age. Chateau Carbonnieux is one of the few Bordeaux estates to produce close to equal amounts of red and white Bordeaux wine.
In 2011, to allow the property to vinify on a parcel by parcel basis, Chateau Carbonnieux renovated and remodeled their cellars. They added new, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats in a myriad of sizes ranging from 150 hectoliters to 200 hectoliters and all the way up to 250 hectoliters. This allows for a plot by plot vinification of their Pessac Leognan wine.
Chateau Carbonnieux Winemaking
To produce the red wine of Chateau Carbonnieux, vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The red wines of Chateau Carbonnieux are aged in an average of 33% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months.
To produce the white Bordeaux wine of Chateau Carbonnieux, vinification takes place in 35% new, French oak barrels. There is very limited skin contact. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wine is aged in the same barrels for an average of 10 months before bottling. It is more common for the Semillon to be fermented and aged in more new oak barrels.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Carbonnieux are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2000.
The production here is large. On average, close to 18,000 cases of red wine and 18,000 cases of white wine are produced each vintage by Chateau Carbonnieux. There are two second wines for both the red and white varieties, Tour Leognan and La Croix de Carbonnieux. Denis Dubourdieu has been the consultant since 1988.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Carbonnieux, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Carbonnieux is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. The wine will also gently warm in the glass, releasing its aromatics. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. The red wine of Chateau Carbonnieux is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Carbonnieux is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese. The white wine of Chateau Carbonnieux is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal and cheese.
Château Carbonnieux Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château Carbonnieux Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
Light, fresh and still refreshing, the juicy mix of lemon, tart green apple, and lime rind is already easy to drink.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 623 Views
2016 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
Medium bodied, with forest and leafy notes, smoky, cassis and red berries in the light, finish.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 647 Views
2015 Château Carbonnieux Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
Lively, bright, ripe citrus notes with a kick of lime, freshness for lift and a sweet, citrus peel and honeysuckle finish.
Apr 23, 2016points - Tasted 1172 Views
2015 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
Finesse, charm and soft, polished, fresh, ripe, smoky, dark, red fruits make this medium-bodied wine quite the treat. 90 - 92 Pts
Apr 23, 2016points - Tasted 1098 Views
2014 Château Carbonnieux Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
Bracing acidity, unsweetened lemonade, grapefruit, and honeydew melon notes really get the perfume going. Fresh, and energetic on the palate, this is quite nice.
Feb 6, 2017points - Tasted 1522 Views
Lemon, lime and green apple notes make an appearance in this fresh, energetic and bright wine, leaving you with a clean dose of crisp citrus fruits in the finish. 90-92 pts.
Apr 24, 2015points - Tasted 1547 Views
2014 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
Lighter style of Pessac Leognan, with all the tobacco, cigar box, some and red fruits you need on the nose, but on the palate, while it hits all the rights notes, it's just a bit thin.
Feb 6, 2017points - Tasted 1484 Views
A leafy green aroma with smoked and dried red fruits, this wine is medium-bodied with a dry finish. 86-88 Pts
Apr 24, 2015points - Tasted 1450 Views
2013 Château Carbonnieux Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
Spring flowers, honeysuckle, citrus peel and a hint of tangerine create the nose. Medium bodied, fresh, zippy up front about its crisp, lemon and grapefruit charms. The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon.
Feb 1, 2016points - Tasted 1491 Views
Fresh lemon, lime and floral notes work well with the wine’s lively, citrus-filled character that carries through from start to finish. 90-91 Pts
Apr 21, 2014points - Tasted 1880 Views
2013 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
Tart, dried, red fruits with tobacco in character are found in this light, crisp wine.
Feb 3, 2016points - Tasted 1576 Views
Light in aromatics and in fruit, the wine will offer its fresh cherry personality early in life. 86-88 Pts
Apr 21, 2014points - Tasted 1887 Views
2012 Château Carbonnieux Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
Fresh, lively lemon peel, grapefruit, vanilla bean and green apple on the nose is a treat, but it gets even better with the sweet, slightly honeyed, fresh citrus fruits with just a hint of vanilla in the zesty finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon.
Mar 11, 2015points - Tasted 1639 Views
2012 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
Soft textured, medium bodied, fresh, light and easy to drink, yet there is ripeness and character to the wine and the fruit. This is not going to make old bones and should be best in its first decade of life.
Mar 11, 2015points - Tasted 1765 Views
Medium bodied with tart black cherries and tapenade in the finish. 87-89 Pts
Apr 25, 2013points - Tasted 2656 Views
2011 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
Light in color, style and depth, with bright, red berries and spice, from a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot, the wine is dry in the tart finish.
Feb 19, 2014points - Tasted 1696 Views
This wine is medium bodied with fresh and bright cranberry, cassis and plums. 86-89 Pts
Apr 25, 2012points - Tasted 2136 Views
2011 Château Carbonnieux Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
From a blend of 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon, this lighter, fresh, style of white Bordeaux wine offers a bright, citrus and apple profile in the finish.
Feb 10, 2014points - Tasted 1539 Views
2010 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
On the light, elegant side of the style range with ripe, fresh cherries and black raspberries, earth and tobacco characteristics. The wine finishes with fresh, spicy, bright, red berries.
Feb 15, 2013points - Tasted 4286 Views
2009 Château Carbonnieux Blanc ( Pessac-Léognan)
Light, fresh and refreshing, with a sweet, slightly honeyed citrus and grapefruit character.
Oct 29, 2014points - Tasted 2062 Views
2009 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
Smoke, earth and black cherry scents lead to a soft, medium bodied, crowd pleasing, lighter style of Pessac Leognan that will drink well early.
Jan 30, 2012points - Tasted 4627 Views
2008 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
Carbonnieux is a medium bodied, light wine with a delicate smoky, cherry filled personality. This wine will drink young.
Jan 28, 2011points - Tasted 2877 Views
2005 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
Earth, smoke, cassis, red plums and tobacco smells require little effort to find, Medium bodied, elegant and soft, this lighter style of Pessac Leognan should add more complexity over the next several years. I'd start drinking it in a few years.
Jul 18, 2011points - Tasted 5919 Views
2004 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
Medium bodied, finesse styled, mature, soft textured, strawberry and cherry driven wine.
Jan 4, 2015points - Tasted 2506 Views
2000 Château Carbonnieux ( Pessac-Léognan)
Creme de cassis, black cherries, plums, tobacco and forest floor scents make up the perfume. Medium bodied, with a feminine, almost light style, this is ready to drink. The wine ends with smoke, spice and cherries.
Jul 18, 2011points - Tasted 3539 Views