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2014 Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan

SKU #1253722 92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of cooked apples, lemons and stones. Full body, tangy acidity and a grapefruit aftertaste. Lively and fresh. Inner quote mark (2/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2014 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. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2017)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Knife-edge fresh citrus and lime blossom. Lean mid-palate – again, seems a characteristic of the vintage. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2017)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2014 Carbonnieux Blanc is laced with the essence of lime, grapefruit, white flowers and crushed rocks. Chiseled and sculpted, it offers striking nuance and freshness in a midweight, somewhat tense, style. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2017)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2020 | Send Email
This wine showed really well at the UGC tasting last January. Tantalizing notes of Marzipan, citrus, and some exotic herbs. The palate is round with glycerol, medium acidity and lots of minerality. A tremendous white Bordeaux, that's classic, very elegant, and quite delicious as of today.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2018 | Send Email
Snatch up this great 2014 Bordeaux Blanc before this great vintage disappears! For me, this is the best Carbonnieux since the 2001, and has that perfect balance of feral, citric sauvignon and textural, honeyed semillon. This is full flavored stuff, and extremely bright and lively on the pure gravel finish. I am going to have to put mine away deep in the cellar, it tastes so good now that it will be hard to save for later!
Drink from 2018 to 2029

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2017 | Send Email
I love the dry white wines of 2014—they have the richness of 2012 and 2015 with the crisp acidity of the 2013s. This is a “house white” for us. Plenty of citrus aromas and earthy nuances with a splash of oak. Great now and for several more years.

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