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Continuing the series, just a single bottle top report on this time.

One Wine, Tasted Alone: Château Carbonnieux 2006

Another vintage miss on this one, I suspect I’m going to keep running into these problems. The Carbonnieux has the distinction of being a wine from Bordeaux that is neither Sauterne nor a red Bordeaux blend. World-class whites of this sort from Bordeaux are apparently a relatively contemporary phenomenon. Its optimal drinking window is probably a couple years from now, oh well. 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Sémillon, it’s also the first blend in the book. Aged in small French oak barrels, it’s also the first wood-aged wine.

The wine was clear with straw yellow to gold color at medium intensity. It was aromatic; development showed some age. On the nose was pear, wet oak, grapefruit, and a hint of pine and grassy notes. It’s definitely a dry white, body is medium, with lively but unobtrusive acid. Tannins were apparent, yet smooth. Flavors were interesting; a bit of sawdust, orange citrus flavors, fresh oak, banana, and a hint of caramel on the finish. Speaking of which, the finish was long, though was almost entirely attributable to the oak itself after about the 15-second mark.

Overall the balance was good. The bottle was on the expensive side, and I appreciate why this is the case; it is an impressive wine that has potential to age, but it does not excite my interests.

The bottle was paired with roasted root vegetables and glazed salmon. I should have stuck with my earlier instincts to do a more delicate fish, as this pairing, while functional, overwhelmed the wine.