Chateau Carbonnieux 2008

Bordeaux Red Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France

Item No. 103904
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP92
  • WE92
  • ST90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2012
  • WE92
  • JS92
  • WS91
  • 2007
  • WE89
  • 2006
  • RP89
  • WE89
  • ST89

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.

Critical Acclaim

"Always a quintessentially elegant-styled offering, the dense ruby/purple-colored 2008 Carbonnieux reveals outstanding purity in its deep kirsch, black currant, underbrush, and herb notes. This is not a blockbuster, but it exhibits more density than most examples over recent years. Beautiful sweet tannins, luscious red and black fruits, medium body, and a long finish suggest this 2008 should be at its peak between 2013-2022. Range: 90-92"
92 Points

"Forward, fresh wine, that has some good intensity as well. There is a creamy, ripe character under the freshness, hints of attractive wood.
Barrel Sample: 90-92 Points "
92 Points

"Straw-green color. Initially yeasty, leesy aroma blows off, leaving intense grapefruit, anise and chamomile notes. Fresh and bright in the mouth, with strong acidity giving clarity and cut to the grapefruit, tangerine and peach flavors. Finishes long and razor-sharp, with the acids greatly extending the flavors on the aftertaste. Range: 88-90"
90 Points

Learn About Chateau Carbonnieux Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Pessac-Leognan

(PEH-sak lay-ohn-yawn) One of the top appellations within Graves, Pessac-Leognan is home to the only Graves chateau listed as a first growth in the 1855 Medoc classification - Chateau Haut-Brion. In fact, praise for the chateau dates back to the days of Thomas Jefferson, when, upon visiting the chateau in 1787, he bought 125 bottles for his cellar in Virginia. Notable Facts The...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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