Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Reviews (Pessac-Léognan)

Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Reviews

 

2017 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Reviews

(Futures Pre-Sale Price) $35.00

Minimum Order 3 Bottles

Available November 2020

A blend of 55% Sauvignon and 45% Semillon

Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc

95 Points Wine Enthusiast

Spice and toast give this wine attractive complexity as well as ripeness. It shows abundant, concentrated yellow-fruit notes as well as a fine texture. It is still very young and will be better from 2021.

95 Points Decanter

Right off the bat this has richness and concentration, with peachy creaminess through the mid-palate but without sacrificing tension and lift. It’s a fine example of what 2017 can deliver in the best whites, and should age very well.

92 Points Wine Spectator

Friendly white peach and honeysuckle notes breeze through, with a kiss of brioche at the very end.

91 Points James Suckling

This is very salty and flavorful with sliced green apples, limes and green pears. Medium-bodied, layered and flavorful. Plenty going on here as always. Minerally.

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2017 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc is scented of grapefruit and squeezed lemons with a touch of lime leaves and chalk dust. The palate is medium-bodied, crisp and clean with great intensity and a long racy finish.

2016 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Reviews

(Futures Pre-Sale Price) $35.00

Minimum Purchase 6 Bottles

Available November 2019

95 Points Wine Enthusiast

Tightly crisp, this coiled, nervy wine is likely to age well. It has a refreshing, crisp undertone that gives it freshness while just hinting at the warmth of the vintage.

91 Points James Suckling

Linear and solid white with sliced-apple, pear and lemon character. Full body. Little old style but I like it — as always.

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc has a gentle nose of peardrop, citrus peel and orange blossom: attractive if just missing the race and drive of either the 2014 and 2015. The palate is well balanced with lime and a touch of orange zest on the entry. There is good depth of fruit here and a pleasant saline finish—it just needs more acidity.

90 Points Decanter

Clever use of extremely subtle oak that gives structure and body without being intrusive. This doesn’t have the mineral directness and depth of, say 2011 or 2014, but it is a very good wine that will bring lots of pleasure. It majors on white flowers, touches of honeysuckle and white pepper spicing. Christophe Ollivier has taken the baton from Denis Dubourdieu who consulted here for 28 years.

2015 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Reviews

A blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon

95 Points Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection

This wine has a wonderful citrus character, fresh lemons and limes going with the mineral texture. It is crisp while also structured, bright with acidity and zesty with lemon and orange. The aftertaste is herbal, crisp and bright. Drink from 2022.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2015 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc opens with scents of white grapefruit, lemon peel and fresh pears with touches of dill seed, white pepper, musk perfume and crushed rocks. Light to medium-bodied, the palate has a wonderfully racy backbone of refreshing acidity cutting through the intense citrus and mineral flavors, finishing on an herbal note.

92 Points James Suckling

Aromas of stones, limestone and sliced pears follow through to a full body and tight and fruity flavors. Focused with an oyster-shell and cooked-apple aftertaste.

92 Points Wine Spectator

Fresh and open, with a lime pith note giving the mix of verbena, melon rind and tarragon flavors good cut.

2014 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Reviews

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2014 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc has a detailed and vivacious bouquet offering attractive blackcurrant leaf and citrus aromas, hints of almond and white chocolate just tucked in nicely below the surface. The palate is well balanced with a slice of bitter lemon on the entry. This is a little more piercing in the mouth compared to its peers, as such, it would shine when partnered with shellfish or even hard cheese, rather than a white Pessac-Léognan to serve on its own. Still, a great job here this year.

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

This is all citrus and herbal flavors from an estate noted for its pure white wines. It makes for a tight zesty wine with a chalky mineral texture. The fruits are developing to give a crisp wine that’s full of fruit along with intense acidity. Drink from 2022.

92 Points James Suckling

Aromas of cooked apples, lemons and stones. Full body, tangy acidity and a grapefruit aftertaste. Lively and fresh.

91 Points Wine Spectator

A ripe and friendly style, with creamed gooseberry and white peach flavors, lined with lemon curd notes and backed by a whiff of shortbread on the finish. Has a lovely verbena echo that lengthens the finish. Hard to lay off now, but this has the zip for a little bit of aging. Drink now through 2019.

2013 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Reviews

93 Points James Suckling

A very tangy and bright white with intense white peach, grapefruit and mineral character. Full body, crisp acidity. Gorgeous. One of the best Carbonnieux ever.

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

Fresh, fruity and fragrant, this wine has a pure line of acidity and crisp citrus alongside its tangy texture. The tightness shows its aging potential; drink from 2020. Founded in the 13th century by Benedictine monks, Château Carbonnieux is one of the oldest estates in the Bordeaux region. In 1956, Marc Perrin purchased the château and began vineyard and winery renovations that were continued by son Antony. The property is now run by grandsons Eric and Philibert.

92 Points Wine Spectator

This has lots of energy, with enticing thyme and tarragon notes flecking the core of lemon zest, white peach, tangerine and straw flavors. The long salted butter finish crackles with life. Rock-solid, and will be fun to cellar for a touch.

91 Points Vinous

Pale straw-yellow. Fresh aromas of bitter grapefruit and white flowers complicated by minerals and aromatic herbs. Then richer and deeper in the mouth than the nose suggests, with white stone fruit and gooseberry flavors that carry nicely on the back end. The wine’s lively acidity and hint of tannic bitterness will have you scrambling for food.

2012 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Reviews

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

This is pure fruitiness but with a tense, tight structure underneath.The fresh exterior is all citrus fruits and acidity, while behind lies a texture that demands aging. It’s impressive, rich and worth waiting for. Drink from 2018.

93 Points Wine Spectator

Solidly built, with lemon pulp and grapefruit rind notes framing a rich core of creamed yellow apple and white peach. Nice minerality drives the finish.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Another full-throttle 2012 dry white, this 2012 offers lots of honeysuckle notes as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel and beautiful purity, elegance and length. Lemon zest, grapefruit and subtle wood characteristics are found in both the aromatic and flavor profiles.

2011 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Reviews

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Barrel sample. Very herbaceous in character, this is a wine that is packed with powerful acidity yet remains elegant in style. It has minerality and tight acidity, and should benefit from aging.

91 Points James Suckling

A white with a lively, bright character of dried pineapple, lemon and chalk. Full body, intense and powerful. Solid core of fruit. Chewy finish. Just a baby here. So wonderful now but will deliver so much more in the future. Better in 2015.

91 Points Wine Spectator

Very bright and engaging, with a chamomile note leading the way, followed by quinine, lemon zest and white peach flavors that bounce through the lively finish. Drink now through 2015.

90 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Bright straw. Fresh aromas of lime, white peach, minty herbs and white flowers. Shows almost tart flavors of white stone fruits and green apple, with lemon and mineral notes lingering nicely on the saliva-inducing finish. Very strong acidity conveys an almost tart impression, but this multilayered wine has enough stuffing to come around with a little bottle age. Very well done: this is an outstanding, affordable dry white Bordeaux, and firmer and more focused than some past vintages of Carbonnieux.

2010 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Reviews

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Barrel sample. Very herbaceous in character, this is a wine that is packed with powerful acidity yet remains elegant in style. It has minerality and tight acidity, and should benefit from aging.

91 Points James Suckling

A white with a lively, bright character of dried pineapple, lemon and chalk. Full body, intense and powerful. Solid core of fruit. Chewy finish. Just a baby here. So wonderful now but will deliver so much more in the future. Better in 2015.

91 Points Wine Spectator

Very bright and engaging, with a chamomile note leading the way, followed by quinine, lemon zest and white peach flavors that bounce through the lively finish. Drink now through 2015.

90 Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Bright straw. Fresh aromas of lime, white peach, minty herbs and white flowers. Shows almost tart flavors of white stone fruits and green apple, with lemon and mineral notes lingering nicely on the saliva-inducing finish. Very strong acidity conveys an almost tart impression, but this multilayered wine has enough stuffing to come around with a little bottle age. Very well done: this is an outstanding, affordable dry white Bordeaux, and firmer and more focused than some past vintages of Carbonnieux.

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