Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.
Birth year Sauternes. Drinking just like you’d expect a 31yr old Sauternes to be drinking, and maybe even slightly younger. Basically perfect provenance, the color has really darkened over the last 2-3yrs. Amber in the glass and molasses like up front. This checks all the boxes for Classic Sauternes. Honeyed sweet fruits with ripened pineapple, golden peach and nectarine with a touch of savory/nutty notes on the finish. Very lengthy finish with tons of complexity and life left. Wish I had another 1-2 bottles! — 2 days ago
An outstanding French white from Bordeaux comprised of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. Bold, good acidity with notes of citrus and beeswax, buttery mouthfeel on the approach with a nice crisp apple finish. This is exactly why I love French Bordeaux blends. — 21 days ago
My wife and enjoyed a bottle with a Mediterranean style dinner. Great mix of green apple, ripe pear, and a hint of apricot. Just the right amount of sweetness. — 12 days ago
Drank 4/1/19. Decent pairing with Cacio e Pepe, but would have probably preferred a Chianti.
This is the unoaked version. Lemon, minerality, and a touch of earthy funk on the nose. Very clean and balanced with flavors of lemon, citrus peel, some orange zest, and a touch of salinity. Medium to long finish with bright acidity. Overall, I prefer the Lunes d'argent for a couple of bucks more, as it seems to be richer and a bit more interesting than the unoaked Blanche.
3/21/7/4/4 +50=89 pts. — 17 days ago
2018 probably bottled a few weeks ago, and it shows. Bright citrus acidity and sharp minerality. Very refreshing and pure. Really impressive for a petite chateau. — 11 days ago
Chateau Carbonnieux is one of the largest estates in Pessac Leognan. It boasts some high profile neighbors, such as Chateau Haut Bailly and Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte. The 90 hectares of gravel-based soil is evenly split between red and white.
As it often happened in France, Benedictine monks started planting vines on this land in the 13th century. Perrin family bought the estate in 1956, proceeding to a renovation of the vineyard and the cellar.
This excellent example of white Bordeaux is composed of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. The vinification is made in barrel, a third of them in new French oak. The wine is left on the lees for ten further months, before being put in bottles.
Beautiful golden color with paler reflexes, young and vivid despite its eight years of slow aging, the first impact on the nose is fresh and green, with prevalent notes of lime and cucumber. Some decanting time reveals floral notes, elderflower, jasmine, ripe peaches, with some bready tones provided by the lees — a very balanced nose with bright flavors.
In the mouth, a beautiful sapid dry wine with high acidity, medium body, medium to high alcohol. The latter is the only spike in an otherwise perfectly rounded taste. Aftertaste reminding citrus and stone fruit.
A great drink, one of the best white wines from Bordeaux in the 20-30£ range. Ready to drink in 8-10 years. — 13 days ago