chateau carbonnieux pessac-leognan blanc 2020 750ml
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Château Carbonnieux white is a legendary wine. It is said that in the 18th century it was introduced to the Sultan of Constantinople’s palace because of its clarity and was called “mineral water from Carbonnieux”, thus defying the Islamic law.
The clay–limestone of Garonne gravel found in the Pessac-Léognan Appellation certainly produces the best dry white wines in the Bordeaux region. When young, Carbonnieux white wines are delightfully refreshing and pure with a fruity, floral intensity. When mature they develop hints of dried and candied fruits giving scope for a large range of gastronomic pairings. The batches which will form part of this “cru classé” will be blended so as to induce an excellent complicity between the grape varieties. The chosen Semillon grapes will add structure to the liveliness of the Sauvignon grapes by giving them roundness and volume on the palate.
Serving temperature: 12 – 14°C
Cellaring advice: 4 – 8 years
Wine and food pairing: raw or cooked fish, seafood, foie gras, white meat, exotic dishes, cheese, fruit desserts…
A pale yellow colour, very pure with slightly green tints.
The nose is young, revealing freshness and the whole personality of the white Sauvignon in its savoury aromas of intense citrus fruit.
The attack, lively and chiseled, is followed by a fine volume on the palate coming from the already present roundness of the Semillon. The freshness and intensity of a precocious vintage is surprising in this 2020 white. The woodiness is mellowed leaving pride of place to the aromas of juicy white fruit (pear, peach...). The end is divine.
Blending - Alcohol content
65% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon - 13% Vol.
WE94, Wine Enthusiast
"Crisp and tight with fine citrus flavors, the wine is beautifully proportioned with textured, zesty acidity. It shows balance between its structure and its fruits that will only get better as it matures."
JS93, James Suckling
"Lots of dried lemon, spiced pear, matchstick, and ginger aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with light caramel, honey and some tropical fruits. Dense wine, but framed with phenolics. Delicious finish. Outstanding as always. 65% sauvignon and 35% semillon."
"One of the benchmark wines for white Pessacs, and it has succeeded here. Plenty of curling aromatics out of the glass, a lovely grip and bounce. Good stuff. A yield of 47hl/ha. 25% new oak."
JD93, Jeb Dunnuck
"Richer notes of honeyed pineapple, crushed lemon, tangerine, and white flowers all emerge from the 2020 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc, a bright, juicy, vibrant white that has medium-bodied richness, good mid-palate concentration, and a great finish. It's another utterly classic Grave white that will evolve for at least a decade. Best After 2023"