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2017 Carbonnieux Blanc, Pessac-Léognan SKU #1442912

Price: $41.99

DC 95 WE 95 VN 92
WS 92 JS 91 RP 91
JD 89-91
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K&L Notes

91 points Antonio Galloni for Vinous: "The 2017 Carbonnieux Blanc is absolutely lovely. Lemon confit, white flowers and green orchard fruit open up first, followed by a range of bright citrus and floral notes that add brilliance to a very pretty upper register." (03/2020) Just rated #4 in 2020 Wine Enthusiast top wines of the year.

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Staff Reviews

  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    WOW! This dry white has it all--minerals, citrus, elegance, acidity, white flower. 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon. The figgy nature of Semillon shows through, balanced by the bracing acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc. Very vibrant wine that drinks perfectly right now and will cellar well for several years. Just so delicious--you will drink the whole bottle. Clams, oysters, petrale sole--heck, or just by the pool. This is so good! Nov 2020-Wine Enthusiast just put it #4 wine of the year for 2020. Try it.
    Drink from 2020 to 2027
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    There are few wines out there as unique as Bordeaux blanc. The blend of bright Sauvignon Blanc with the richness of Semillon aged in barrel to gently coax its aromatics is truly like nothing else out there. And even among the Bordeaux Blanc, there are few wines that are as consistently profound as Carbonnieux. There's a wealth of crisp, tropical fruits on the nose with pineapple, pasison fruit and keffir lime. The palate follows up with soft, plush notes of guava and vivid acidity. On occasion, I find some Bordeaux blanc can have slightly reductive aromas, but this is pure, clean and beautiful. Fantastic, fantastic wine.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    Honeysuckle, flan and lemon sorbet aromas waft from the glass when this is poured. This shows wonderful weight and texture in the citrusy and flowery middle but the mineral soaked finish is clean and bracing. Although this will age well it is already vibrant, complex and substantial.
  • Dejah Overby
    By: Dejah Overby
    K&L Staff Member
    60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon. This particular vintage has a higher level of bright tones upfront. Semillon really shines through and adds more this time around with its classic green pear, granny smith apple, kaffir lime and honey notes but then there is a subtle guava, passion fruit on the back end. Acidity is a bit less flashy in this vintage and the mouthfeel is a bit more broad and more exotic. These expressions emerge slowly which makes the want to spend more time with the wine enjoying and capturing all those flavors.
  • Jennifer Lee
    By: Jennifer Lee
    K&L Staff Member
    I was pleasantly surprised by this white bordeaux composed of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, with notes of caramel, cabbage and citrus on the nose, and the palate exhibiting savory mushroom, lemon and melon characteristics. At 13% alcohol this medium bodied wine is an easy sipper and pairs well with seafood or on its own. Enjoy!


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