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Château de Barbe Blanche Cuvée Henri IV Red

Château de Barbe Blanche Cuvée Henri IV comes from a vineyard ideally situated on a clay-limestone rise in Lussac, opposite the finest slopes in Saint Emilion. Merlot is king here, and regularly produces smooth, delicious wines.


label of 2012 Cuvée Henri IV de Château de Barbe Blanche

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

85% Merlot / 15% Cabernet Franc

Weather

Spring was very trying, with considerable rainfall leading to fungal diseases of all sorts. This called for very close attention in the vines until the 14th of July, when the weather changed durably for the better.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

This wine has an elegant, vivacious, red colour with purple highlights.

Nose

The expressive nose features a symphony of fruity aromas such as strawberry and blackcurrant, as well as spices and a hint of vanilla.

Mouth

The wine's rich, straightforward aromas carry over to the palate. This cuvée is particularly smooth and full-bodied, with delicious fruity flavours (blackcurrant and blackberry), as well as hints of vanilla and coffee. The overall impression is of elegance and structure, enhanced but subtle nuances of oak. This beautiful cuvée will be ideal in two or three years' time with duck, veal, or beef fondue.

Consumption period

2017 - 2029

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Surface

28.00 ha

Soil

On a clay-limestone shelf with about 1 meter of clay on the surface. At the foot of the hills, clay-siliceous soil with light sand.

Winemaking

Grape harvest

Machine harvest with sorting and selection at the winery.

Others

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact.

Plant density

6,000 vines per hectare.

Wine average age

32 years old.

Grape variety

Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pruning type

Double guyot

Fermentation

In stainless-steel temperature-controlled tanks. Approximately 3 weeks (subject to vintage and ripeness of tannins).

Fermentation temperature

28 to 30°C

Malolactic

yes

Wine maturing

For 12 months in oak barrels (50% new) with racking each trimester.

Wine montage

Eggwhites

Maturing potential

Begins to open up after 2 to 3 years, will age 10 to 12 years.

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