Chateau Carbonnieux (Futures Pre-Sale) 2018
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
A dense, dark red, with fig, blackberry and black currant reduction notes forming the core, layered liberally with tar, espresso and loam accents through the muscular finish.
Barrel Sample: 93-96
Barrel Sample: 93-95
Right off the first nose you just want to sink right into this wine. It's a clear success in this vintage: delicious, with a great texture and a slight bitterness on the finish perfectly balanced by the sweet ripeness of the fruit. Thoroughly enjoyable. 40% new oak. 33hl/ha. Drinking Window 2028 - 2040. Barrel Sample: 94
A pretty wine this year with a savory and earthy undertone to the ripe and juicy fruit. Medium body, round tannins and a juicy finish.
Barrel Sample: 92-93
Barrel Sample: 91-93
Marc Perrin acquired and restored the chateau 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.