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Château Carbonnieux Cru Classé de Graves  2000 - Lot of 2 Bottles

Château Carbonnieux Cru Classé de Graves 2000

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Lot Description: Château Carbonnieux Cru Classé de Graves 2000

Lot description

  • Quantity 2 Bottles
  • Level:2 into-neck
  • Label: 2 very slightly marked label, 2 very slightly scuffed label
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Type of cellar: Wine cabinet
  • Recoverable VAT: No
  • Original Wooden Case: No
  • Custom Seal : yes
  • Alcohol percentage : 12.50 %

Information about the wine

  • Country/Region: Bordeaux
  • Appellation/Wine: Pessac-Léognan
  • Classification: Cru Classé de Graves
  • Producer/Owner: SC des Grandes Graves
  • Vintage: 2000
  • Color: Red
  • Grape variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 1% Petit verdot, 7% Cabernet franc, 2% Malbec
  • Peak: To drink
  • Service temperature (in °C): 16

Information about the producer

  • Viticulture: Sustainable farming
  • Size (in ha): 47
  • Volume: 200000 bottles
  • Intensity : Classic
  • Dominant aroma : Black fruit
  • Tasting occasion : Gastronomic wine
  • Carbonnieux classified in both colours has the particularity of having a vineyard equally planted in red grape varieties and in white grape varieties. The latter has progressed enormously under the advice of Denis Dubourdieu. The bouquet develops aromas of citrus and white flowers. On the palate, the very nice roundness is stretched by a refreshing acidity. The whites of Carbonnieux are generally to drink after 3 to 8 years of aging. But the greatest vintages age remarkably well.

    Built at the end of the 14th century, around 1380, Château Carbonnieux is one of the oldest wines produced in the ancient terroir of Graves, the region where Bordeaux's first vines were planted. The vineyard lies on silica-limestone hilltops overlooking the cool Eau Blanche valley, which crosses the commune of Léognan. Despite the poor state of the vineyard the Perrin family, who already owned vines in Algeria, set their hearts on this property in the 1950s. Ravaged by phylloxera at the end of the 19th century, the property suffered from the chronic over-production crisis that engulfed many of France's wine regions until the end of the 1960s. The dilapidated buildings had not been properly maintained since the First World War. Furthermore, the year following the purchase (1956) brought one of the worst frosts of the century, with temperatures going down to almost -20°C! Marc Perrin undertook to restore the property to its former 17th century splendour. A complete replanting programme was initiated in the vineyard. Both white and red are classified during the Graves wine classification of 1959. It is one of the six chateaux whose both colours are classified. Thelabours began to bear fruit in the early 1980s, under the supervision of Antony Perrin, who took over the reins in 1982. A tremendous visionary, he raised both the red and the white wine to an exceptional level. He also bought other properties in the appellation such as Le Sartre, Tour-Léognan, Bois-Martin, Lafon-Menaut and Haut-Vigneu.
    *The above information describes the wine and is not vintage specific.

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Further information

89/100Wine Advocate (Parker/Martin)
85/100Wine Spectator
15/20 (2008)Bettane & Desseauve
15,5/20Jancis Robinson
16/20 RVF
88/100J.-M. Quarin
  • Service temperature16°
  • Peak To drink

Tasting notes - Extract
Il s'agit très certainement, pour Carbonnieux, du millésime le plus réussi des trente dernières années. D'un rubis-pourpre profond, doté de complexes senteurs de cerise noire, de groseille, de tabac, de sauce de soja et de terre, le 2000 est moyennement corsé et merveilleux de pureté, bien qu'il soit plus gras et plus profond que de coutume. L'ensemble, subtilement nuancé en arrière-plan de chêne neuf grillé, incarne la race et la finesse. Source : R. Parker (01/03)