Carbonnieux Blanc 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores


Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2023 - 2030

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2020 Carbonnieux Blanc delivers loads of zesty sparks of yuzu and lime peels over a core of green apples, fresh grapefruit and crushed rock with a hint of wild thyme. The medium-bodied palate is crisp and refreshing, offering a great intensity of citrusy flavors with a chalky finish.


Neal Martin

The 2020 Carbonnieux Blanc, cropped at 47hl/ha and aged in 25% new oak, has a fragrant, well-defined bouquet of Braeburn apples, pear and wild mint, nicely focused and full of vigor. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity. This is a little taciturn compared to others at this stage, but there is fine mineralité here, and it feels tensile, almost steely on the finish. After a perplexing showing of the 2018 in bottle, this is back to the Carbonnieux Blanc that I know best. -


Michael Schuster

(65% SB, 35% SM; 42hl/ha; 13% ABV; 25% new)
Pale yellow-gold; light, floral, fragrant Sauvignon; very nicely balanced, supple, fresh to lively; rich, dry, vital, a very sappy Sauvignon flavor, with a lively defining acidity, long and linear and fine, elegant, restrained, subtly mineral in aromas, with a lovely length of flavor and aromatic persistence. This has a wonderful fruit, and should age beautifully. For the second year running, a fine white Carbonnieux. The wonderful 2019 (retasted in April 2021, just after bottling and just as exciting as a year ago) was made by a Perrin for the first time, Eric’s son Andrea. Andrea has winemaking experience in Burgundy, the Rhône, and Argentina, but wherever it had been, he clearly has “winemaking hands and palate”! So, his presence is great news for the family, the terroir, and the wines. (After considerable Premox problems, the white has been bottled under Diam for several years. But they are thinking of bottling some 2020 under cork again because of a very reductive fermentation. Only time would tell whether that were wise!) 2022–35+.


James Suckling

An excellent white Carbonnieux with sliced-lemon, lime and mineral character, as well as hints of citrus seeds. It’s medium-to full-bodied with lots of bright acidity and a flavorful finish. Minerally at the end.


Jancis Robinson

Full bottle 1,330 g. Cask sample taken 6 April. 65% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Se?millon. Fermented and aged in oak barrels (225 or 400 litre) and oak vats (30 or 50 hl). 25% new oak for 10 months with lees stirring.
Pale greenish straw. Light nose with a little sweet sherbet effect. Good bright fruit and fresh acidity. Floral notes on the not-especially-long finish. Not that distinctive but well made – with oak very much in the background. Just a light astringency on the end suggests there is no great hurry to drink this.


Antonio Galloni

The 2020 Carbonnieux Blanc is a very pretty wine. Bright Sauvignon Blanc notes give the 2020 its distinctive aromatic signatures, while the Sémillon adds just enough mid-palate creaminess to hold it all together. Lemon confit, white flowers, sage, mint and tomato leaf linger nicely.


Jeff Leve

Bright, fresh lemon, orange peel, flowers and honeysuckle come through on the nose. Creamy, sweet and fresh, with a tinge of honey along with crisp lemons on the backend, this will be easy to like on release. 91



Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)

One of the benchmark wines for white Pessacs, and it has succeeded here. Plenty of curling aromatics out of the glass, a lovely grip and bounce. Good stuff. A yield of 47hl/ha. 25% new oak.

Drinking Window 2022 - 2032