Carbonnieux: Appellation d'origine contrôlée and Grand cru classé of Pessac Leognan
Chateau Carbonnieux is a Grand Cru Classé of the Pessac Leognan appellation (from the 1959Graves classification) that has belonged to the Perrin family since 1956. Located 7 kilometres in the south of Bordeaux on the left bank of the Garonne, it covers 92 hectares of vines of which half is planted in white Bordeaux varietals. The soil consists of graves combined with clay-limestone and the vines are grown in lutte raisonnée (with more reasonable approach of chemical use).
The vines are divided into 60% Cabernet sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot for the Bordeaux reds. As for the whites, 65% are planted in Sauvignon blanc and 35% Semillon.
Château Carbonnieux offers three wines in red and white: the "Grand Vin de Carbonnieux" (the first wine), a second wine called "La Croix de Carbonnieux" and a third wine called "Château Tour Léognan" exclusively made from vines under 12 years old. Concerning the red wines, the Grand Vin de Carbonnieux is generally suave and complex, relatively tannic with a subtle nose of cherries, tobacco and smoke. Its peak is between 5 to 12 years of ageing, but can age up to 20 years in great years. The same superlatives can be applied to the second wine, which is a little more subtle, it is recommended to drink it within 5 to 7 years of cellaring. And finally, the third red wine, the Château Tour Léognan should be consumed 5 years after bottling to benefit from its gourmandise and suppleness. The best vintages of Château Carbonnieux are 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000. As for the white wines, the Domaine produces the same labels: Carbonnieux, La Croix de Carbonnieux and Château Tour Léognan. Young, they can charm by their freshness and aromatic intensity, fruit and florality, however their 1st wine (Grand vin) can benefit from 15 years or more in certain great vintages like 2001. The white Grand Vin can be drunk between 4 to 8 years and the second and third wine between 2 and 5 years. Château Carbonnieux is one of the best value for money in Pessac Léognan and due to its volume is impervious to speculation.
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