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Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc 2012

Bordeaux White Blends from Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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Winemaker Notes

The vineyard for Chateau 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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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
This is pure fruitiness but with a tense, tight structure underneath.The fresh exterior is all citrus fruits and acidity, while behind lies a texture that demands aging. It’s impressive, rich and worth waiting for. Drink from 2018.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Solidly built, with lemon pulp and grapefruit rind notes framing a rich core of creamed yellow apple and white peach. Nice minerality drives the finish.
Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another full-throttle 2012 dry white, this 2012 offers lots of honeysuckle notes as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel and beautiful purity, elegance and length. Lemon zest, grapefruit and subtle wood characteristics are found in both the aromatic and flavor profiles.
Barrel Sample: 90-92 Points
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Chateau Carbonnieux

Chateau Carbonnieux

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Chateau Carbonnieux, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux, France
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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.

JOBFCHARBON_2012 Item# 134327