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Cloudy lemon. Invitingly creamy, mealy aroma over lively citrus plus a touch of crushed stones. More herbal on the palate. Deeply fruited, obviously oaky, but flavourful and with potential harmony. Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 points
Cellaring: Drink now or through 2025
Food Pairing: Raw or cooked fish, seafood, foie gras, white meat, exotic dishes, cheese, fruit desserts
STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
Château Carbonnieux white is a legendary wine. It is said that in the 18th century it was introduced to the Sultan of Constantinople’s palace because of its clarity and was called “mineral water from Carbonnieux”, thus defying the Islamic law.
The clay–limestone of Garonne gravel found in the Pessac-Léognan Appellation certainly produces the best dry white wines in the Bordeaux region. When young, Carbonnieux white wines are delightfully refreshing and pure with a fruity, floral intensity. When mature they develop hints of dried and candied fruits giving scope for a large range of gastronomic pairings. The batches which will form part of this “cru classé” will be blended so as to induce an excellent complicity between the grape varieties. The chosen Semillon grapes will add structure to the liveliness of the Sauvignon grapes by giving them roundness and volume on the palate. Read more.