Chateau Carcanieux is an old property that dates back to 1850 when it was known as Chateau Carcanieux les Graves (named ‘Graves’ after its vineyards’ stony gravel terraces on the high plateau of ‘Terres Hautes de Carcanieux’). Located in the ancient Gallo-Roman village of Queyrac, Carcanieux has been noted for the quality of its wines since 1868.
In 2007 Carcanieux’s potential was spotted by the Taillan Group, owned by the dynastic wine making families of Merlaut and Villiers. With several prestigious Grand Cru Classe chateaux (2nd Growth Gruaud Larose, 2nd Growth Sauternes Broustet, 3rd Growth Ferriere and 5th Growth Haut Bages Liberal to name a few) in their portfolio, Chateau Carcanieux was added to their ‘Vignobles de Terroirs’ collection. These are their flagship properties that display the very best qualities of each appellation represented and benefit from the Taillan Group’s ‘know how’ and expertise.
Being a Cru Bourgeois, Carcanieux sits above the rank of Bordeaux Superieur and just below that of a Grand Cru Classe. The Cru Bourgeois classification dates back to the 1860s and is given as a mark of quality. Today the rank of Cru Bourgeois offers some seriously good wines.
The great 2009 vintage was an excellent year for Bordeaux and this well balanced Carcanieux is superb with food. It is ideal with peppered steak, rib of beef or rack of lamb. Brilliant with dark game meats it will pair well with pigeon, duck, venison, game pie and wild boar. Carcanieux is also good with casseroles, dishes with rich red wine sauces and mature cheddar cheese.
Learn more about Cru Bourgeois on Nicks Blog: The Crus Bourgeois – Bordeaux with a clear cut pedigree