2010 Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan
Wow. Best wine ever from here. Superb with intense mineral character and loads of fruit too. Full and rich, with an ultra long finish.
A delicate, classically textured white wine, this is a pure combination of apricot and lemon fruits with crisp, delicious acidity despite the wood aging. A great success in its restrained style, this should age well.
Complex but restrained nose. A cedary note and plenty of bright intense citrus, orange peel. Dense, rich and lively. Delicious even now, maybe a very slight bitterness of grapefruit on the finish. 17/20 points.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale straw. Musky aromas of tangerine, lemon drop, butter, honey, and oatmeal. Ripe and fairly fat in the mouth, but with lively acidity framing the citrus and herbal flavors. The long finish features building minerality. A very good Carbonnieux, but I find it to be a little softer and less precise than some past vintages; it just may need a little time to come together. Certainly, there's lovely density to the fruit presence. Winemaker Romain Racher told me that the property needed to bring in a second picking team to help at harvest time, because they deemed it necessary to pick the sauvignon blanc very quickly in order to avoid a large drop in acidity levels.
A tangy style, with lemon zest, gooseberry and white peach flavors backed by a jicama note on the finish. The crunchy feel begs for food. (Web Only- 2013)