Château Carbonnieux, Cru Classé, Pessac Leognan, 2005

  Château Carbonnieux

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Carbonnieux

Just a dozen kilometres south of Bordeaux, the remarkable architecture of Château Carbonnieux is one of the largest and oldest vineyards of the Graves wine region. With a unique terroir authenticated by a rich history dating back to the 1800s, Carbonnieux ranks among the original estates during the creation of the Pessac Léognan appellation. Winemaker, Philibert Perrin Yield uses traditional and environment-friendly practices in the vineyard and the cellar to produce his distinctive and complex wines. The wines are honest and well made and offer good value for money.

Appellation: Pessac-Léognan

The region has one first growth, Château Haut-Brion, whilst other renowned Chateaux currently doing well are La Mission-Haut-Brion, Pape-Clément, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Haut-Bailly. Soils are gravely and well-drained and the plantations are similar in proportion to those of the Médoc, consisting mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The region is also well known for its long-lived whites that can be varying blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon oaked or unoaked. The most lauded are Domaine de Chevalier, Haut-Brion, Pape-Clement, De Fieuzal, and Laville-Haut-Brion.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc | Merlot | Petit Verdot | Malbec

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties (excluding the rarely used Carmenere) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Malbec ad Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.