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2013 Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan SKU #1228996

Price: $39.99

JS 93-94 WE 92 WS 92
VN 91
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  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    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
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    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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