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2013 Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1228996 93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (4/2014)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JM) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (ID) Inner quote mark (5/2014)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very attractive wax and vanilla flavours – a real classic white bordeaux nose. Lots to enjoy here – sweet citrus fruit, bright acid and plenty of herbal character too. Long finish with an attractive chewy texture. No shortcomings of the vintage discernible here! Inner quote mark (4/2014)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2016 | Send Email
A very classic Bordeaux Blanc in the sense of having a a more complex roundness along with the juicy acidity. Perhaps it is the Semillon (25%) on the blend that imparts these notes. Citrous and peaches. A very pleasing white wine for the table as well as for the porch!

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2016 | Send Email
It's all too easy to forget that Bordeaux is famous for its white wine as well as red. The finest whites from Pessac-Léognan are world class blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, the most shockingly successful French marriage since Carla Bruni & Nicolas Sarkozy. The 2013 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan is a superb example. One of only a handful of properties designated Cru Classé for both red and white wines, the Carbonnieux vineyards enjoy a favorable exposition and are usually among the first to be harvested each autumn. They made the most of a challenging vintage in 2013, producing a white wine of surprising ripeness. The nose is frankly tropical, with notes of guava and passionfruit. On the palate one finds tart white grapefruit notes, very fresh, crisp and precise. The blend is three quarters Sauvignon Blanc to one quarter Semillon. Aged for 10 months in barrel (30% new) with occasional lees stirring. This is the French archetype which provided the inspiration for wildly popular California Sauvignon Blancs such as Duckhorn or Spottswoode. You owe it to yourself to try the original.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/12/2016 | Send Email
The great white wines of Bordeaux are not nearly as well understood as those of Burgundy, and bottles like this deliver a value long gone from the Cote d'Or. If you are looking for a fantastic first course wine to go with anything from trout to turbot, or just a top-class white to sip on its own, the Carbonnieux Blanc is a great option. The wine is ultimately refreshing, but still has good honeyed richness to balance out the dry, high toned super long finish. The oak treatment is a frame for this wine, and in perfect balance with all the other flavors. Delicious!
Drink from 2016 to 2023

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/7/2016 | Send Email
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Fabulous, complete wine with an elegant slightly oaky, melony ,and citric hints. Pure and mouthfilling white in perfect balance. So good—great depth of flavor and sweetness. I love it. 75% SBl/25% Semillon. 93-94 JS.

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