Château Carbonnieux is a Cru Classé of Graves which produces great red and white wines in the Pessac-Léognan appellation. Located in the commune of Léognan, it is owned by the Perrin family and is one of the oldest châteaux in the region.
the Technical sheet of château Carbonnieux
OWNER: Perrin family
MANAGERS: Éric and Philibert Perrin
CELLARMASTER: Andréa Perrin
OENOLOGIST: Christophe Olivier
VINEYARDMANAGEMENT: Integrated farming
SOILS: Deep gravel, clay, clayey gravel, and clay-limestone
PRUNINGMETHOD: Cutting and/or guyot-poussart and cordon
VINIFICATION: 3 to 4 weeks in thermoregulated stainless steel tanks (Red) & Fermentation and maturation in barrels or tuns (White)
AGEING: Red: 15 to 18 months barrels (35 to 40% new) & White: 25 % new wood - 10 months with stirring
the history of château carbonnieux
Beginning of the 13th century, the name Carbonnieux comes from a family cultivating land in Léognan. Moreover, the medieval origin of the estate is said to be due to a certain Ramon Carbonnieux, who owned vines in 1234. That got confirmed by a deed of exchange dating from 1292 between two monks of the Abbey of Sainte-Croix de Bordeaux.
Following the Hundred Years' War, the Benedictines sold their vineyard of Carbonnieux due to bad harvests and epidemics. It was Jean de Ferron, from a powerful bourgeois family, who bought the land of Carbonnieux in 1519. He contributed to the development of the vineyard and the wine trade.
Ruined a few years later, the property was given back to the monks of Sainte-Croix who will restore the exploitation, increase the surface of the domain, and diffuse the wine throughout the world.
During the French Revolution, the state seized the property of the clergy. It was then Elie Bouchereau, president treasurer of France in Bordeaux, who bought the property in 1791. From 1828 to 1871, the Bouchereau family built up a collection of 1,242 different specimens of French and European grape varieties unique in the world. Following the "disease crisis", they sold their estate in 1878.
Several other owners followed until 1956 when the Perrin family bought the estate. After numerous works, replanting, modernization of the cellars and restoration of the château, it reached its peak and produced quality wines for both red and white, distributed worldwide.
château carbonnieux, the estate
Located on a beautiful, naturally drained gravelly hilltop, this prestigious terroir is remarkable for its morphology as well as for the diversity of its soils. At Carbonnieux, each parcel has a name for its unique identity and each one is the object of special attention and care.
In addition, Château Carbonnieux has been awarded the HVE (High Environmental Value) label. A quarter of the surface area follows an organic program while the rest is in integrated agriculture. The château is also a member of the Bordeaux SME (Environmental Management System) association. The entire staff of Château Carbonnieux is committed to this eco-responsible approach.
Wine is the child of a mother, Nature, and a father, Man. Nature brings through the terroir, the climate and the grape varieties half of the character of a wine. Man brings this second half, through his work in the vineyard and the cellar. The child becomes a prodigy when Nature and Man have given the best of themselves.
château carbonnieux, from the vines To the bottle
Internationally renowned, Château Carbonnieux is located on a prestigious terroir within the Pessac-Léognan appellation. Cultivated in a reasoned way on 92 hectares of vineyard, following the respect of the biodiversity and matured in barrels, the domain gives birth to wines of a great gustative quality and aptitude to the ageing.
Château Carbonnieux produces several vintages: Château Carbonnieux White and Red, both great wines of the property are Classified Growths of Graves.
The property also makes two second wines in the Pessac Léognan appellation:
- La Croix Carbonnieux available in red and white
- Château Tour Léognan which benefits from all the know-how of the Château Carbonnieux teams and which is one of the best value for money in the appellation in both red and white.