Thursday, May 25, 2017

One of the best White Bordeaux....Carbonnieux

This may be The Classic White Bordeaux and a personal favorite.  This was another one of those defining wines for me early in my wine tasting days.  It is a must buy. It seems these days all you can find are tasty but fairly simple versions around $12-$15 or the incredibly expensive wines of Haut Brion or La Mission Haut Brion. Rarely does a gem like the 2014 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc come along.

2014 Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac Leognon Blanc...$39.99

Grande Cru Classe de Graves
Compare to Total Wine and More in Ballwin at $44.99 
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
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate
This is all citrus and herbal flavors from an estate noted for its pure white wines. It makes for a tight zesty wine with a chalky mineral texture. The fruits are developing to give a crisp wine that's full of fruit along with intense acidity. Drink from 2022.
Rated 92/100 Wine Enthusiast
Rated 92/100 Wine Spectator

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