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One of the most ancient winegrowing estates in Bordeaux, Chateau Carbonnieux has made wine without interruptin since the 13th century. The chateau itself is an impressive building dating from the 4th century that had as many as twelve towers at one time.
The first owners - and accomplished winegrowers - were the Benedictine monks of Sainte-Croix abbey in Bordeaux, who made internationally-renowned red and white wines centuries ago. They also succeeded in introducing their pale-coloured, crystal clear white wine to the palace of the Sultan of Constantinople by labelling it 'Mineral Water Carbonnieux' to get around the prohibition against alcoholic beverages.
For over fifty years, Carbonnieux has belonged to the Perrin family, winegrowers from father to son since the early 19th century.
Located on the highest point in the commune of Leognan, on soil that is perfectly drained by a stream called L'Eau Blanche, Carbonnieux's terroir is especially conducive to producing fine quality red and white wines.
Soil: Deep gravel and clay-limestone
Average of the vineyard: 27 years
Grape Varieties: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon / 35% Merlot / 5% Cabernet Franc / 5% Petite Verdot
Hand harvesting. Double sorting in the vat room. Vatting for 3 to 4 weeks in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Barrel ageing from 15 to 18 months with 35 to 40% new oak.
Château Carbonnieux Red - 2005
36% Merlot – 7 % Cabernet franc – 57% Cabernet Sauvignon
COLOUR: Deep red colour, with purple hues.
NOSE: A nose of red fruit, cocoa and roasted aromas, followed by crisp mentholated touches. Hints of violet then appear, followed by blackcurrant and fruit of the forest.
PALATE: Full and smooth initially. The tannins are dense and lend good structure to the wine, which is full-bodied and opulent, although it is still somewhat subdued, which promises outstanding potential.
Food and wine pairing: Red meat.
Our suggestion: Beef steak or entrecote cooked over vine shoots.