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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2008
Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2008
(search item no. 103907)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $52.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The vineyard for Château Carbonnieux's white wine is situated on clay-limestone slopes which support the region's famous Garonnaise gravel. These rare and respected terroirs produce exceptional white wines whose superior character has been recognized for centuries. When young, Carbonnieux's white wine charms with its freshness, its purity and its fruity, floral aromatic intensity. When mature, it develops notes of dried and preserved fruit which offer numerous opportunities for satisfying food matches.
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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 château 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.