Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc Pessac Leognan 2003 is creamy, fruity, nutty, floral, and complex. Very full-bodied and it does not have too much acidity. Carbonnieux Blanc 2003 vintage is very lush in taste and never lets you down. That's why all the wine critics have given this Bordeaux France white wine such high rating and reviews.
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Chateau Carbonnieux was constructed in the late 14th Century, at the time of the Hundred Years' War, and was for a long time in the ownership of the Benedictine monks from the nearby Sainte-Croix Abbey. Incredibly, even at this early stage, there were vines at Carbonnieux, although it is surprising to note that in the centuries that followed the practice of viticulture fell by the wayside, and vines disappeared from the estate. From these monastic hands the property passed into the ownership of the Bordeaux Hospices, and then for two centuries was under the direction of the Ferron family, originally merchants from the parish of Saint-Michel in Bordeaux who went on to become powerful parliamentarians in Guyenne. Their tenure came to a gloomy end, however, when the last member of the family to hold the seat was forced into exile, and the estate was in a sorry state when it was acquired once again by the same Benedictine order from Sainte-Croix in 1741. Once again the monks planted vines, this time securing the estate's role as a vineyard which has persisted through to modern day. In 1956 the present owners, the Perrin family, took ownership of the estate. The vineyards today cover about 90 hectares of land, the largest vineyard of all the Graves Cru Class�s.
Located just ten miles from Bordeaux near the Garonne, the vineyards at Chateau Carbonnieux are situated on a rise in the land, on gravel-rich soils typical of the area. Carbonnieux is one of the classified Graves chateaux, and produces both red and white cuv�es under the Pessac-L�ognan appellation. The area under vine is divided roughly equally between white and red varieties, with the reds dominating slightly with about 47 hectares, leaving 43 hectares for the white. Average vine age is 26 years for the whites, which are 65% Sauvignon Blanc, 34% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle. Yields are reduced by a green harvest. The white grapes have a pre-fermentation soak, not a very common practice in the production of many white wines, which would more often be pressed with fermentation of the clear juice. After skin contact they are fermented in stainless steel. The white sees up to nine months in barrel, with batonnage to encourage flavor and character from the lees. Before bottling, the wines are fined and filtered. The end result are the grand vin Chateau Carbonnieux. white both white and red are considered great wines, many regard the white as the more significant and interesting cuv�e.
RATING: 91 points - Wine Enthusiast.
"This is a superb wine, broad and rich but with complexity from mature vines and wood aging. For a 2003�a hot year�this still brings together some great acidity. Can drink now, but will age over the next 10 years.
91 Points - Wine Advocate � Robert Parker.