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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 2018 Château de Barbe Blanche Cuvée Henri IV red

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 75% / Cabernet Franc 25%

Weather

2018 was one of the warmest years since 1900, featuring above-average temperatures, the second hottest summer to date, and abundant sunshine… Heavy rainfall in the first half of the year was followed by persistent, near-record drought conditions in September.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Limpid, beautiful intensity, colour is dark red, close to garnet.

Nose

The nose, with beautiful complexity, is marked by notes of black fruits (Morello cherry, blackberry) very ripe, associated with a light toastiness.

Mouth

A lot of suppleness on the attack. Volume in the middle of the mouth, balance and roundness: these are the qualities of this wine. Notes of slightly toasted fruit are added to a melted tannic structure. Elegant and full of finesse, this wine has good ageing potential. It can be served with a pheasant terrine, scrambled eggs, stuffed cabbage or veal paupiettes. It will then be an ideal companion!

Medals

silver medal - 2020 Concours Général Agricole de Paris
Silver
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2020

Consumption period

2022 - 2034

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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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