Chateau Carbonnieux is located just a
few miles from Bordeaux. This beautiful castle overlooks one of the largest
vineyards in the Graves region. The Estate's seven centuries of history have
often been quite dramatic. Carbonnieux is one of the leading Graves Chateaux
that justified the creation of the Prestigious Pessac-Léognan appellation.
This property is one of the oldest in Graves. The original château was constructed around 1380 during the "Hundred Years War" and consequently its architecture is drawn along castellated lines. It initially belonged to the Bordeaux Hospices, thereafter the Ferron family and then the Councillors at the Parliament of Guyenne from 1519 until 1741. Named after Ramon Carbonnieux in
1234, the Château and vineyards were purchased in 1740 by Benedictines who
started bottling wine at the Château. The Benedictines were ousted by the
Revolution and the property changed hands several times between 1790 and 1956
when it was acquired by Marc Perrin, father of the current owner.
A member of a family of wine growers of Burgundian origin, the Perrin's had been
producing wines in Algeria for the last four generations. Marc Perrin and his
son Antony improved the vineyards, restored the Château and modernized all of
the working areas. Château Carbonnieux produces as much white wine as it does
It is true to say that Carbonnieux has
a microclimate that is extremely conducive to winegrowing. This is due to the
estate's position on a rise, the effect of the nearby Garonne river and Eau
Blanche stream, and the excellent quality of the gravely soil. Furthermore, the
proximity of Bordeaux has the effect of increasing the temperature by an average
of 2° or 3° in winter. The estate includes 45-hectares of red grape varieties and 43-hectares of white, located on deep gravel slopes in close proximity to the Garonne
River and Eau Blanche stream.
Long famous for its white wine, Carbonnieux has been in the
unusual position of producing both Red and White Graves for several centuries. The grand vin is Chateau Carbonnieux - red or white - although many would regard the white (20000 cases) as the more significant cuvée. Quality has remained in the ascendant in recent vintages. The red (25000 cases) does not challenge for top wine of the appellation, but it is well made if somewhat rustic, usually appropriately priced, and again quality has been on the up. The second wine is La Tour Léognan.
Chateau Carbonnieux 2000 Pessac-Léognan Bordeaux
Always one of the more Burgundian-styled Pessac-Leognans, Carbonnieux is
never big, but it is complex, medium-weight, and drinkable at a young age.
The 2000 offers aromas and flavors of black cherries, vanillin, spice, and
camphor. Soft and smooth, it is well-balanced, harmonious, and pure. Drink
it over the next 12-15 years Rated 87-88 Robert Parker
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