We have reserved 12 places at the Atelier de Vins & Fromages (Cheese & Wine pairing Workshop) at Château Carbonnieux, which we visited earlier this year. The atelier includes a visit to the cellars and is led by cheese expert Thiery Laffitte.
The visit starts at 10.30 and lasts approximately two hours. It is a beautiful Château as many of you know and they make wonderful wines, both red and white Grand Cru Classé de Graves. This should be of interest to wine and cheese lovers.
The medieval origins of the estate were confirmed by a deed of exchange dated April 2, 1292 and signed by two monks from the powerful Sainte-Croix abbey in Bordeaux.
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.
Anthony 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.
Today, Château Carbonnieux benefits from the « sustainable agriculture » classification for all its vineyard practices. This type of practice means that chemical insecticides, weed-killers and acaricides are banned and replaced by environmentally friendly methods that better respect biodiversity and allow the vine plant to stimulate its own natural defences.
Coming from downtown Bordeaux or Mérignac Airport:
- Head South on Bordeaux Rocade
- Take exit 18 “Léognan- Villenave d’Ornon- Cadaujac”
- Follow signs CADAUJAC on D1113.
- After about 4 kilometers, at “Cadaujac – Le Bouscaut” crossing, turn right at the traffic lights towards Château Carbonnieux (D111).
- The main entrance is 1.6 km further on
Please book direct with Pamela or book online before 1st October.
We are committed to pay for the number of places that we have reserved. Therefore your 18€ per person payment is needed in advance. Please send your cheque, payable to BBC for the total amount, direct to Pamela by 1st October.
When using the online booking form, please note the following:
- Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
- If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation