Chateau Carbonnieux 2016

Chateau Carbonnieux 2016

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The estate takes its name from Ramon Carbonnieu, who owned the property in 1234. It fell into the hands of Benedictine monks in 1292 until sometime after the end of the Hundred Years War when the were forced to give up the property. Jean de Ferron purchased the property and began to construct the buildings on the property and purchase more vines. His descendants owned the property until 1740 when they were forced to sell due to high debts. The property was purchased by the Benedictine monks from Sainte-Abbey. The same group who owned the property in the 13th century. During the later part of the 18th century, Carbonnieux produced the best white wine in the Medoc. AS with most estates, the property was seized during the French Revolution and sold at auction. The Bouchereau family purchased the estate. They family owned the estate for 87 yeas. One of their most important contributions was their collection of Grapevines, at one time, there were 1242 different varieties on the property. The property changed hands a few times until after WWII when the Perrin family purchased the Property. They have increased the vineyards and modernized the wine making at the Chateau.

Chateau Carbonnieux is one of the few estate in the Medoc which grows all 6 permissible red grape varieties. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec, about .5% Petit Verdot and .5% Carmenere.

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Wine Spectator: 92
Well-built, with a core of dense plum paste, raspberry reduction and melted red licorice notes framed by roasted apple wood accents and backed by juicy, brambly grip on the finish. Youthfully vibrant and should cellar well in the midterm. Best from 2021 through 2031.
Wine Advocate: 91
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Carbonnieux reveals warm black and red plums, blackcurrants and cigar box scents with a waft of crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, fine-grained and with great freshness, it delivers a minerally finish.
Decanter: 92
A carefully constructed frame makes this a little subdued at this early stage, taking its time to show those subtle, floral-edged and rather lovely blackberry and redcurrant flavours. It's a good wine with impact and personality, and tannins that take hold halfway through, keeping things in place and suggesting plenty of ageing potential. Elegant and attractive.
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Packed with young tannins, this wine shows the structure of the vintage as well as its fresh and perfumed fruit. The combination will develop to produce a restrained and elegant wine. Drink from 2025.
James Suckling: 95
Big and juicy red with lots of fruit and tannins yet it’s not overdone. Full-bodied, chewy and intense. Lots of potential here. Better than the 2015?
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Notes of red and black currants, truffles, smoked earth, and graphite emerge from the 2016 Château Carbonnieux. Medium-bodied, ripe, with present tannins and good acidity, it has an old-school vibe and is classic Graves. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years.