Here is a Grand Cru of the Pessac-Léognan AOC. Chateau Carbonnieux, property of the Société des Grandes Graves, is a wine estate located in Léognan, Gironde. It is classified as a Grand Cru in the classification of Graves wines. The vineyard represents 95 ha and produces an average of 200 000 bottles of red and 180 000 bottles of white per year.
Its history dates back to the 13th century and it is undoubtedly one of the oldest crus in the Bordeaux region, more famous for its white than its red. Like some good quality white gravel wines, the bottles now have a longevity that can exceed twenty years.
The Carbonnieux vineyard
The immense 170-hectare estate of Château Carbonnieux is perhaps the largest vineyard in Pessac Léognan with 92 hectares of vines. The vineyard is equally divided between plantings of red grapes and white grapes for the production of white Carbonnieux. The soil is composed of gravel, sand, limestone and clay. The large vineyard can be subdivided into 119 different parcels. There are gravel slopes with elevations that rise to 50 meters at their peak.
Chateau Carbonnieux has 47 hectares of red wine vines, planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, 0.5% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Carmenère. This makes it one of the few Bordeaux vineyards where all six authorized grape varieties are planted.
The Carmenere grapes are a new addition to their vineyard. On average, the vines for the red wines are 32 years old. 43 hectares are reserved for white wine grapes. For Chateau Carbonnieux's white Bordeaux wine, the vineyard is planted with 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 38% Semillon and 2% Muscadelle. The average age of the vines is 26 years. Chateau Carbonnieux is one of the few estates in Bordeaux to produce almost equal quantities of red and white wine.
What are the best years of Château Carbonnieux?
According to the top tasting team, Parker and The Wine Advocate, here are the top rated vintages:
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We find of course the 1er Grand Cru Classé, Château Haut Brion, but also other references well known to lovers of great Bordeaux wines: Domaine de Chevalier, Fieuzal, Haut-Bailly, Latour-Martillac, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Malartic-Lagraviere, Mission Haut-Brion, Pape Clément, Smith Haut Lafitte and many others.