2010 Chateau Carbonnieux Blanc

Year: 2010
Appellation: Pessac-Leognan
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 87-90
James Suckling: 93-94
Wine Enthusiast: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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70% Sauvignon, 30% Sémillon

"A tangy style, with lemon zest, gooseberry and white peach flavors backed by a jicama note on the finish. The crunchy feel begs for food. Drink now through 2014. –JM" (WS)

"Extremely soft, up-front, classic Pessac-Leognan, the 2010 Carbonnieux possesses plenty of unsmoked cigar tobacco, roasted herbs, lavender, sweet kirsch and black currant fruit and sweet tannin. Seductive, lush and sensual, it is rather Burgundian in its elegant, savory, evolved style. Drink it over the next 15-20 years." (WA)

"Pale straw. Musky aromas of tangerine, lemon drop, butter, honey, and oatmeal. Ripe and fairly fat in the mouth, but with lively acidity framing the citrus and herbal flavors. The long finish features building minerality. A very good Carbonnieux, but I find it to be a little softer and less precise than some past vintages; it just may need a little time to come together. Certainly, there's lovely density to the fruit presence. Winemaker Romain Racher told me that the property needed to bring in a second picking team to help at harvest time, because they deemed it necessary to pick the sauvignon blanc very quickly in order to avoid a large drop in acidity levels." (VM)

"Wow. Best wine ever from here. Superb with intense mineral character and loads of fruit too. Full and rich, with an ultra long finish." (JS)

"A delicate, classically textured white wine, this is a pure combination of apricot and lemon fruits with crisp, delicious acidity despite the wood aging. A great success in its restrained style, this should age well. -R.V. (5/1/2013)" (WE)

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