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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Chateau Carbonnieux  2005
Chateau Carbonnieux 2005
(search item no. 101430)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

It is true to say that Carbonnieux has a microclimate that is extremely conducive to winegrowing. The use of the best adapted grape vartieties explain how we can produce wines of great complexity. We systematically use skin contact before fermentation to bring out many delicious aromas and flavors.
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About Chateau Carbonnieux:

The history of Carbonnieux goes back a very long way, and records show that wine was made there at least as early as the 12th century. Benedictine monks from Sainte-Croix abbey in Bordeaux replanted and renovated the estate in the 18th century. They took advantage of the exceptionally pale, clear color of the white wine to label it as "Carbonnieux mineral water", which they then proceeded to ship to the sultan of Turkey.

Marc Perrin acquired and restored the ch√Ęteau in 1956. His son, Antony, currently manages the estate. The gravelly soil at Carbonnieux is perfectly drained thanks to the Eau Blanche stream that carries away any excess water. The 85 hectares of vines are evenly divided between red and white wine varieties. The white wine is fermented and aged in barrel for 10 months. The red wine is aged for 15 to 18 months in barrel, depending on the quality and characteristics of the vintage.