From: Bordeaux, France
Varietals: 65% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Sémillon
Tasting Notes: Pale yellow with a slightly green tint, this wine has a fresh aromatic nose that combines the characteristics of the two grape varieties with notes of grapefruit and apricot. On the palate, the attack is round with a balance of acidity, which was maintained thanks to the north-facing orientation of the vineyard. The wine is long, and with aging, the unctuous Semillon will continue to fill the mid-palate.
"A brisk lemon pith note flanks a core of lemon curd, honeysuckle, tarragon, oyster shell, and salted butter notes, with a hint of warm, herbed focaccia on the finish adding range and contrast. Delicious. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now through 2026." –Wine Spectator, 94 points
"The Carbonnieux 2018 Blanc features intense lime juice, yuzu, and green mango scents with touches of lemon curd and white pepper. Medium-bodied, very tightly wound and zesty in the mouth, it has a racy backbone and a mineral-laced finish." –Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 91-93 points (from a barrel sample)
"Whole lemon, green mango and bell pepper on the nose with a hint of chalk. It’s medium-bodied with bright acidity and a creamy, honeyed texture. Drink or hold." –James Suckling, 92 points
"Lovely juice, and a sense of freshness and uplift, with white flowers and pink grapefruit alongside other citrus. This is delicate; a little soft on the finish but a fresh wine in a warm year." –Decanter, 92 points
"The top white, the 2018 Château Carbonnieux Blanc is largely Sauvignon with around one-quarter Sémillon. Lots of ripe lemon, leafy herb, rocky mineral, and a hint of white grapefruit emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, with bright yet integrated acidity and a great finish. It's an outstanding, complex, interesting white that should have 4-6 years of prime drinking, probably longer." –Jeb Dunnuck, 92 points
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