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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 2015 Château de Barbe Blanche Cuvée Henri IV red

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 80% / Cabernet Franc 20%


2015 was the third warmest year since 1900... Drought conditions, above-average monthly temperatures and sunshine (in the first half of the year), cool nights and hot weather in August accompanying véraison (colour change) were all ideal for the vines!

Tasting Comment


This Cuvée Henri IV has a brilliant, sumptuous, and very deep garnet-red, almost black colour.


The bouquet is particularly aromatic, spicy, and beautifully intense. After swirling in the glass, lovely aromas of very black fruit (morello cherry, blackcurrant) are released, as well as a hint of vanilla.


The wine is just as impressive on the palate, where it starts out smooth and round. The ripe black fruit notes in the bouquet are also found on the palate, as well as a touch of vanilla and a slight smokiness on the finish. This is a very attractive wine of remarkable richness and power. 2015 Cuvée Henri IV is perfect with pork, ham, duck or veal.

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 
 - Note : 



Remarkable wine - Tasters all praised the quality of this Lussac made with Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Franc. The nose features generous black fruit aromas, as well as sweet spice and fresh menthol nuances. The wine is structured and well-balanced, with unquestionable finesse. It has plenty of body along with elegant fruit and smooth tannin. Ageing potential: 2019-2026. fourchette Food and wine matches: Game dishes.


gold medal - 2018 Concours des grands vins de France Mâcon
Concours des Grands Vins de France 2018
gold medal - Concours général agricole de Paris 2018
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2018

Consumption period

2019 - 2030

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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.