The 2014 vintage for Chateau Carbonnieux started off with rapid plant growth in the past year’s milder winter months, and flowering in the vines began to occur amidst the spring showers. July and August were rainy and cool which brought some concern to the winemaking team at the chateau, even though the health of the fruit was not affected. However, the end of August heralded in the miraculous Indian summer weather, providing ideal ripening conditions for the all of the varietals. The estate started to harvest their whites first, in early September, beginning with the Sauvignon Blanc, and ending with the Semillon. The red varietals began to be harvested towards the end of September.
Although it is early to remark on the tasting notes for 2014, the wines of Chateau Carbonnieux show exceptional potential. Philibert Perrin, owner of the chateau, describes their white wines as offering aromatic purity, while the ripeness and structure of the reds shows great promise of the wines’ high quality. The 2014 white Grand Vin from Chateau Carbonnieux is composed of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. The 2014 red Grand Vin is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc.