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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 2014 Cuvée Henri IV du Château de Barbe Blanche

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

85% Merlot / 15% Cabernet Franc


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


This wine has a beautiful intense crimson colour with deep purple highlight.


The complex bouquet is reminiscent of ripe black fruit and candied fruit, accompanied by very well-integrated oak.


Merlot accounts for the wine's smooth attack, which is also round and generous. Cabernet Franc gives depth to the middle palate and the aftertaste is attractively fresh. The wine's wonderful concentration and elegant tannin are especially in their element as an aperitif, with pâté, or with beef dishes.

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 
 - Note : 


2018 Edition - This Cuvée Henri IV has real panache! It is a deep colour with ruby-red highlights and has a slightly jammy, red-berry fruit bouquet with hints of violets, beautifully balanced with subtle vanilla, liquorice, and cocoa notes from the oak. The first impression on the palate is full-bodied and smooth, with generous fruit and the spicy overtones of well-managed oak ageing. Its tight tannic structure, a little unyielding on the aftertaste, indicates that this wine will age well. 2019-2023. fourchette Venison stew.

Consumption period

2019 - 2031

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28.00 ha


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.


Grape harvest

Machine harvest with sorting and selection at the winery.


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


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

Fermentation temperature

28 to 30°C



Wine maturing

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

Wine montage


Maturing potential

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