ch carbonnieux pes leo gr cru '16 750ml
Chateau Carbonnieux red has for centuries been a great classic from the region of Bordeaux. With its high standard of quality, it is the smooth result of an excellent blending of grape varieties from this region.
The vinification, both modern and traditional of red wines, is carried out by slow and gentle extraction in order to preserve the roundness of the wine and the mineral features of the soil. The tannins are well balanced and silky in harmony with red fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry.) and reveal toasted notes from ageing in the finest quality French oak barrels. Only the very best batches tasted are selected for the final blending of Chateau Carbonnieux red wines.
Serving temperature : 18-19C
Cellaring advice : 6 years minimum
Wine and food pairing : all grilled, roast, or stewed meat, swordfish, tuna fish, cheese, chocolate desserts.
2013, unlike any previous year.
A cold stormy spring, a very sunny summer and a late ripening of the grapes. Late harvests recalling the 80s or before. Extremely low yields (the lowest since 1991). 2016 gave the winegrowers cause for worry at the moment of flowering but a steady sun and lack of rain in the summer saved the vintage. More pickers were hired (30%) to speed up the picking and select the best grapes in the vineyard and in the vat cellar.
Once our fears about the weather were over, this vintage turned out to be on a par with the great Bordeaux classics, like that of 2008, with fruitiness, structure and length.
Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
Blending : 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
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