Château Carbonnieux Red

Château Carbonnieux White

La Croix de Carbonnieux

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Château Carbonnieux Red

Grand Cru Classé des Graves

Pessac - Léognan Appelation

Château Carbonnieux red has for centuries been a great classic from the region of Bordeaux. With its high standard of quality, it is the smooth result of an excellent blending of grape varieties from this region.
The vinification, both modern and traditional of red wines, is carried out by slow and gentle extraction in order to preserve the roundness of the wine and the mineral features of the soil. The tannins are well balanced and silky in harmony with red fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry…) and reveal toasted notes from ageing in the finest quality French oak barrels. Only the very best batches tasted are selected for the final blending of Château Carbonnieux red wines.
Serving temperature : 18-19°C
Cellaring advice :  6 years minimum
Wine and food pairing : all grilled, roast, or stewed meat, swordfish, tuna fish, cheese, chocolate desserts…

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2017


    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2017, A vicious start.
    Château Carbonnieux which is usually not very frost-riven was struck by a severe frost on 27, 28 and 29 April. About 50% of the white varieties and 30% of the red varieties were affected. The resulting yields were low but fortunately of very fine quality. The hand-picking harvest was early and sunny.

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2017

    The nose is very fruity, we easily guess cherry, blackcurrent, and blackberry. This fruity freshness which is also present on the palate stimulates and lengthens the fine and velvety tannins. The finish is highlighted by shades of cloves and eucalyptus. The wine is well-balanced and silky.
    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% abernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
    % Alc. Vol. : 13.5°


    Download technical sheet 2017
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2016


    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2016, Happiness for a winemaker.
    Vintages both exceptional in quality and generous in quantity are very rare. Yet 2016 is one of them.
    The fruit of excellent work every day together with weather full of good surprises, 2016 gave us a great harvest with, in addition, grapes of a remarkable quality.

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2016

    The attack on the palate is silky, delicate, smooth. The mid-palate is full-bodied, structured and concentrated. The pleasure rises to a crescendo throughout the tasting and finishes with a remarkable length on the palate. 2016 is definitely in the big league!
    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
    % Alc. Vol. : 13.5°


    Download technical sheet 2016
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2015


    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2015, The magic of “5”.
    Bordeaux remembers the mythical 1945, 55, 75 or more recently 85, 95 and 2005.
    A perfect weather along the vegetative cycle allows 2015 to follow the ten-year legend for the marvellous vintages produced in years ending in “5".

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2015

    Deep, intense, almost crimson colour. The nose is expressive and fruity. The attack is fresh, then evolves towards a generous tannic structure, characteristic of great wines with ageing potential. The majority of cabernet sauvignon in the blend provides volume and a remarkably long finish. The merlot and the petit verdot add aromatic complexity and a certain delicacy to the wine.

    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
    % Alc. Vol. : 14°


    Download technical sheet 2015
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2014


    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2014, from doubt to certainty, a vintage saved by the sun god….
    The climatic inversion between summer and autumn 2014 remains unique in the annals of Bordeaux and as winegrowers from the region we could only be filled with enthusiasm. The 2014 vintage was marked by early flowering and very slow ripening. All the aromas were preserved because of the cool summer and the impeccable quality of the harvesting produced a high flying vintage.

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2014

    The ripeness and structure of the 2014 reds have good prospects for excellent tasting and cellaring potential.
    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
    % Alc. Vol. : 13.5°
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2013


    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2013, unlike any previous year.
    A cold stormy spring, a very sunny summer and a late ripening of the grapes. Late harvests recalling the 80s or before. Extremely low yields (the lowest since 1991). 2013 gave the winegrowers cause for worry at the moment of flowering but a steady sun and lack of rain in the summer saved the vintage. More pickers were hired (30%) to speed up the picking and select the best grapes in the vineyard and in the vat cellar.

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2013

    Once our fears about the weather were over, this vintage turned out to be on a par with the great Bordeaux classics, like that of 2008, with fruitiness, structure and length.
    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
    % Alc. Vol. : 12.5°
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2012


    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2012, a year marked by the whims of the weather
    cold rainy periods alternating with warm dry moments but in the end things got back to normal. A vigorous vine tamed by early summer tasks. Development of grapes slowed down by low temperatures, but followed by practically no summer rainfall which made up for lost time and boosted the maturation and concentration processes.

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2012

    The Merlot Château Carbonnieux red wines have a fine deep intense colour while the Cabernet wines are fruity and full of character. The 2012 blending with a little Petit Verdot gave a vintage that is extremely pleasant and charming to drink when eating.
    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
    % Alc. Vol. : 13.5°
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2011


    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2011, a winegrower’s vintage.
    Passing directly from winter to summer resulted in inhabitual early ripening and lovely flowering as early as mid-May. July and August not very sunny, indeed wet. 2011 vintage was not an easy vintage. It required extra supervision and real savoir faire on the part of the winegrower. However in spite of the unusual weather the white wines are astonishing and the red wines are great successes.

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2011

    The 2011 berries were small and rich in anthocyanins. Once again the good September weather was favourable towards the Cabernet-Sauvignon grapes and they were able to finish maturing slowly.
    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
    % Alc. Vol. : 13.5°
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2010


    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2010, exceptional.
    After showering 2009 with praise, it was difficult to announce that 2010 was going to be even better. Today there is no doubt at all that 2010 has become part of the legend of the great Bordeaux vintages. An exceptionally dry summer with moderate hot spells played a large part in its crafting.

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2010

    Its deep colour, complexity and fruity intensity, freshness and tannic density allow you to imagine its enormous potential. A wine that can be kept for a very long time.
    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
    % Alc. Vol. : 14°
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2009



    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2009, a long awaited vintage.
    Remarkable flowering and a very good summer followed by dream harvesting when each variety and plot could be picked at their optimal oenological maturity.

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2009

    A great year for red wine, with both smoothness and complexity.
    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
    % Alc. Vol. : 14°
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2008


    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2008, the hallmark of the climate in Bordeaux.
    There are some years when the climate in Bordeaux is erratic because of the proximity to the ocean and 2008 was one of those years. Nothing to worry about. The vine is a wonderful plant that can adapt to all temperate climates if it is cared for by a good winegrower. A rather wet spring limited yields, the July drought maintained a favourable water stress and the freshness at the end of the summer preserved the aromas and guaranteed slow maturation.

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2008

    A very fine vintage in keeping with the great Bordeaux classics.
    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
    % Alc. Vol. : 13°
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2007


    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2007, Bordeaux plays its classics.
    The winter of 2007 was not very harsh and April was particularly warm causing the vines to take off very quickly without being early. Mixed weather lasted until the harvest which was blessed by a long sunny period.

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2007

    The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are by far the winners of this vintage especially those picked a little late. A safe bet after cellaring for 6 years.
    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
    % Alc. Vol. : 13°
  • Château Carbonnieux Red 2006


    Special characteristics of the vintage

    2006, a contrasting climate
    This year was marked by cool spells interspersed with periods of such heat rarely experienced on our oceanic type 25th parallel. The harvest strategy played an important role in the result of this vintage.

    Château Carbonnieux Red 2006

    The major drawback for the 2006 vintage was to come after the 2005. In 2006 the red wines were still magnificent and had great aromatic complexity.
    Ageing : 16-18 months in barrels (35% new oak)
    Blending : 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
    % Alc. Vol. : 13°