One of the most ancient winegrowing estates in Bordeaux, Chateau Carbonnieux has made wine without interruptin since the 13th century. 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.
"The 2014 Carbonnieux Blanc has a detailed and vivacious bouquet offering attractive blackcurrant leaf and citrus aromas, hints of almond and white chocolate just tucked in nicely below the surface. The palate is well balanced with a slice of bitter lemon on the entry. This is a little more piercing in the mouth compared to its peers, as such, it would shine when partnered with shellfish or even hard cheese, rather than a white Pessac-Léognan to serve on its own. Still, a great job here this year."
Wine Advocate: 92 (Neal Martin)
"Aromas of cooked apples, lemons and stones. Full body, tangy acidity and a grapefruit aftertaste. Lively and fresh."
James Suckling: 92