Château Carbonnieux, Chemin Peyssardet, 33850 Léognan
In 1956 Marc Perrin acquired the château and the vineyard and began to restore it. With his son, Anthony, they decided to embark on a major replanting campaign.Thus, the wine estate went from 45 hectares in 1970 to 70 hectares in 1980. Today, the wine estate has 95 hectares.
From the 90s, Anthony took over the reins of the domain by modernizing it. He invests in the fame of Carbonnieux and Bordeaux wines around the world. He was president of the Union of Grands Crus of Bordeaux, president of the classified growths of Graves but also one of the promoters of the Pessac-Léognan appellation which was born in 1987.
Over the years, he passed on this family heritage and his know-how to his children, Eric, Christine and Philibert Perrin. Today, they are the ones who have taken up the torch. The family is growing in 2019, Eric's eldest sons joining the work teams.
Château Carbonnieux is located in Léognan in the heart of the Pessac-Léognan appellation, not far from Bordeaux. This appellation was created in 1987 and it comes from the Graves region which includes 10 municipalities (Pessac, Léognan, Cadaujac, Canéjan, Gradignan, Martillac, Mérignac, Saint-Médard-d'Eyrans, Talence and Villenave-d'Ornon). Spanning approximately 1600 ha (80% red grape varieties 20% white grape varieties), it includes 70 wine chateaux, including 14 classified growths.
Château Carbonnieux is one of the 6 castles among the 9000 crus of the Bordeaux region, which have distinguished themselves by receiving the title of classified growth for both their white and red wine.
Today, the Carbonnieux estate represents 170 hectares of land at the gates of Bordeaux. The vines, established since the 13th century, occupy 92 hectares in one piece around the castle. There are 50 hectares dedicated to red grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (7%), Le Petit Verdot (3%). And 42 hectares planted with white grape varieties: Sauvignon blanc (65%), Le Sémillon (35%).
Château Carbonnieux has the classification "reasoned agriculture". This means that insecticides, weedkillers, chemical miticides are prohibited and replaced by ecological methods which respect biodiversity and stimulate the natural defenses of the vine.
During your visit to Château Carbonnieux, you will discover the highlights of the history of the property, you will have a presentation of the vineyard and its terroir, you will visit cellars (white and red). In addition, you will be given an explanation of the reception of the harvest, the vinifications and the aging of the wines.
During your visit, you will have the opportunity to discover a collection of vintage cars, coopers' tools and the cellar where more than a century of vintages sleep. Your visit will end with two tastings of Château Carbonnieux wines. You will be able to access the store at the end of the visit.