Château Carbonnieux Blanc 2012

Bordeaux
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£30.95 per bottle
36 in stock

91-93 Points - Neal Martin

The Carbonnieux Blanc has a well defined bouquet with lovely scents of lime flower and orange blossom that is very well defined – more complex than recent vintages. Hints of custard cream emerge with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a pleasant fatness in the mouth. This is certainly a concentrated Carbonnieux and although I would have liked a little more acid bite on the finish, this is certainly one of the best white wines from the estate in recent years.

Taste & Aroma

91-93 Points

The Carbonnieux Blanc has a well defined bouquet with lovely scents of lime flower and orange blossom that is very well defined – more complex than recent vintages. Hints of custard cream emerge with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a pleasant fatness in the mouth. This is certainly a concentrated Carbonnieux and although I would have liked a little more acid bite on the finish, this is certainly one of the best white wines from the estate in recent years.

Neal Martin on May 1st, 2013

Producer

Situated in the Pessac-Léognan region of the Graves, lies one of the oldest Bordeaux estates - Château Carbonnieux. The history of this château dates back to the 12th Century, when it was founded by the Benedictine monks of Sainte-Croix Abbey. Today it is owned and run by the Perrin family who took it over the estate in 1956, with Denis Dubourdieu as their consultant since 1988. Classical of the appellation, the reds of Château Carbonnieux are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Merlot and show a perfect combination of strength and finesses. The whites a blend of primarily Sauvignon Blanc the remaining third Sémillon, meaning they are crisp and elegant. One of the few Bordeaux châteaux to produce equal quantities of both red and white wines, Château Carbonnieux as has two second wines, in both red and white, Tour Leognan and La Croix de Carbonnieux.

Château Carbonnieux

Region

Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand. 

Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.

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