Château Carbonnieux Rouge 2018 - A.O.C Pessac-Léognan
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Score dans le Guide Parker
Robert Parker
Score de Wine Enthusiast
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Score de Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator
Score du Figaro
Le Figaro Vin
Score de James Suckling
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Score de The Wine Insider
Jeff Leve

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Carbonnieux gives up wonderfully pure scents of ripe black cherries, mulberries and cassis, plus suggestions of Ceylon tea, black olive and lavender with a pinch of ground cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers loads of spicy black fruit flavors, supported by grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with a peppery kick.
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This structured, dense wine is packed with as much tannins as fruit at this stage. Balance is coming and this ripe wine, with its solid, dark texture and black-plum fruits, holds good promise. Drink from 2025.
points on 100
Tightly drawn, with a cloak of alder and juniper over the core of steeped plum and black currant flavors. Lots of tar, bramble, loam and sweet bay accents score the finish, which sports heft and muscle. Superb showing. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2025 through 2038. 12,500 cases made.
points on 100
A pretty wine this year with a savory and earthy undertone to the ripe and juicy fruit. Medium body, round tannins and a juicy finish.
points on 100
Le premier nez révèle des notes de fruits frais avec la mûre et le cassis, puis à l'aération se dévoilent des arômes d'épices, de cannelle. La bouche est très structurée, et montre une belle persistance.
points on 20
Campfire embers, cedar, tobacco leaf, spice and red pit fruits create the core of this medium-bodied, elegant, fresh wine. Soft and polished with a solid depth of flavor and a hint of oak in the elegant finish. The wine blends 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
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The Château Carbonnieux red is a great classic of the Bordeaux region for centuries. Highly qualitative, it is the suave response of a fine blend of grape varieties from this region. At the same time modern and traditional, the vinification of the red wines is conducted with a slow and sweet extraction in order to preserve their roundness and the mineral typicity of their soil. The tannins are balanced and silky in harmony with the red fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry ...) revealing toasted notes conferred by aging in French oak barrels of high quality. Only the best tasted batches will enter the final composition of Château Carbonnieux red.


The terroir of Château Carbonnieux is remarkable for its morphology and the diversity of its soils. A study of the soil resistivity supplemented by localized soil tests confirmed this observation. Thus, a new geological map of the whole area has been established with precision. The variable constitution of the Carbonnieux soils creates multiple plots of land with a rich and complex personality.

Carbonnieux today

After wiping two wars, Bordeaux viticulture is at the bottom of the wave. The winter of 1956 was marked by a terrible frost and that same year, upon his acquisition, Marc Perrin began to restore the castle and its vineyard. First of all, he embarked on a large replanting campaign which initially involved the 45 hectare vineyard estate in 1970, then 70 hectares in 1980 for nearly 95 today. Antony, his son builds a new winery in 1990 and modernizes the winery to adapt to new winemaking methods. He continues the restoration of the castle and vineyard, he also does not hesitate to invest in the fame of Carbonnieux and Bordeaux wines around the world. He was president of the Union of Grands Crus of Bordeaux, president of the classified Crus of Graves but also one of the promoters of the Pessac-Léognan Appellation which was born in 1987. It also acquires new properties in the appellation: Châteaux Sartre and Bois Martin who belong today to his sister. Over the years, he passed on this family heritage and his know-how to his children, Eric, Christine and Philibert Perrin. They are the ones who today took over the torch of a domain once again at its peak.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Carbonnieux
  • Type of wine
    Classified Growth
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    42 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    35 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    35% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2025 and 2038
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Pessac-Léognan is made with a vineyard that has an area of 42 hectares by Château Carbonnieux. The average age of the vines is 35 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 18 mois in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 35% of new barrels.


The AOC Pessac-Léognan is a fairly recent appellation since it dates from 1987. However, it has a very old terroir dating from the Middle Ages. Located on the southern and south-western edges of Bordeaux, the appellation includes all of the Grands Crus Classés des Graves, including the legendary Château Haut-Brion. It produces many red wines and some dry white wines (265 ha).
Composed of gravel, gravel, rolled pebbles, sands and clays, the soil allows red grape varieties (cabernet-sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, malbec) and white grape varieties (sauvignon and semillon) have a typical expression. It is this combination that gives its peculiar style to Pessac-Léognan wines.