Château Carbonnieux Pessac-Léognan
Good red and particularly white Pessac-Léognans come from this property which will be run now by Philibert and Eric Perrin after the death of their father Antony in late 2008. Production is substantial for the appellation at over 30,000 cases a year. The white is good and has performed well. Some skin contact is allowed before fermentation in barrel, around half of which is new, and ageing is on lees. The red doesn’t quite reach the same level but has also been consistent over recent vintages. Sound, well-crafted and approachable, it is lighter than some other Pessac-Léognan reds but displays attractive berry fruit and a fine mineral undercurrent. Both white and red will benefit from five years’ bottle-ageing. Château Haut-Vigneau is another solid property producing decent red under the AC and there is a second wine, La Tour Léognan, produced in both red and white. The latter can often impress. (DM)
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