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.
(93-94) points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2021)
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.
(89-91) points, Wine Advocate (May 2021)
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.
(90-92) points, Vinous (May 2021)
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.
16 points, JancisRobinson.com (April 2021)