It is with great delight that we're featuring a wine from the great Chateau Carbonnieux. This wine is considered the estate's "second label," meaning that it is not on the same level as the first, ergo the "La Croix" designation.
It is without fear of contradiction that we can state unequivocally that second labels of great chateaux always offer better values than the primary labels. In this case, it is half the price. Is it half the wine? Not in a heartbeat.
The usual mantra of grand estates is to tell customers that only the best of the best wine goes into the primary label. This is only half true. By making less of the primary wine, they can charge more for the primary. Most of the wine in this bottle is the same as that in the main bottling. There's no point in decrying Chateau Carbonnieux, as every grand chateau in Bordeaux participates in this practice. Some chateaux even make three or more labels, and they're all worth checking out as they tend to represent great values.
Carbonnieux is one of the few chateaux where the white wine is more sought-after than the red. That's because it's one of the best Bordeaux Blancs you can get. Ours is 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. Between 30% and 40% is aged in oak for 12 months, 25% of which is new. But, the oak is an addition, not the main attraction; that position belongs to the stunning array of flavors from the grapes themselves. The wine opens with stone fruit, citrus notes and an intense minerality, then you're carried through to an exquisite finish that seems to never end.