Chateau Carbonnieux Rouge 2016

Chateau Carbonnieux Rouge 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.
Wine Spectator: 93
Lively, with a bouncy edge to the mix of plum, cherry and cassis notes. A light tarry echo shows on the finish, but this relies more on juicy acidity. Solid length.
Wine Advocate: 94
Decanter: 92
Succulent, beautifully fragrant and subtly spicy, easy to sink into and will offer many years of pleasurable drinking. Planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot and Carmenre.
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Firm and on the stalky side, this is a wine with dense tannins. It has a solid core that will stand it in good stead as it matures. A firm wine that does finish with elegant acidity.