The Perrin Family
Eric, Christine, and Philibert Perrin
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon
The selection of grape varieties suited to soil types has been an integral part of the special winemaking culture of Château Carbonnieux for centuries. The implantation of each red and white variety is considered carefully so that each plant can flourish in the soil by drawing on the elements that will allow it to reveal its greatest aromatic finesse. 50 hectares planted with red grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) expresses terroirs of deep and massive gravel; Merlot (30%) is planted in fine gravel and clay soils; Cabernet franc (7%) is planted in clay-limestone soils covered with fine gravel, like Petit Verdot (3%). 42 hectares planted with white varieties : Sauvignon blanc (65%) dominates on deep gravel soils, and, in order to lend greater expression to the wine, it is also planted in fine gravel and in clay-limestone soils; Sémillon (35%) is planted only in clay-limestone soils, lending the wine fleshiness and complex aromas.
After the suffering of two World Wars, Bordeaux viticulture had reached its lowest ebb. There was a terrible frost in the winter of 1956 and it was in this same year that Marc Perrin who had bought the estate, set to work on the renovation of the château and its vineyard. He first started a significant replanting campaign that took the estate to 45 hectares in 1970 then to 70 hectares in 1980, to reach almost 95 hectares today. His son, Antony, built a new fermentation cellar and modernized the cellars to adapt to new vinification methods. He continued the restoration of the château and the vineyards and focused on increasing the renown of Carbonnieux and Bordeaux wines throughout the world. He was president of the “Union of Grands Crus de Bordeaux”, president of the “Crus Classés de Graves” as well as being one of the forerunners of the Pessac-Léognan appellation, created in 1987. He also purchased new estates in the appellation: Château Le Sartre and Bois Martin which today belong to his sister. Over the years he passed on the family winemaking heritage and his skills to his children Eric, Christine and Philibert Perrin. Today the torch has been passed on to them and once again the estate has reached a peak.
In the photo from left to right: Philibert Perrin, Eric Perrin, and Christine Perrin.