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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Chateau Carbonnieux  2008
Chateau Carbonnieux 2008
(search item no. 103904)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $54.99

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
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
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This red wine seduces in its first youth, then delivers all its aromas and complexity of flavor after many years of aging. With its well-balanced and silky tannins in harmony with its fruit, Chateau Carbonnieux's red is a wine of great, classic character.
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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.