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Château de Barbe Blanche Red

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Acquired for an half in 2000 by André Lurton, this estate is ideally situated on a ridge of clay and limestone in Lussac, facing the best slopes of St Emilion. Merlot is king, and regularly gives soft and tasty wines.


label of 2018 Château de Barbe Blanche 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

Deep intense dark red color, almost garnet.

Nose

Complex, the nose reveals notes of ripe black fruits (black cherries, blackberries, blueberries) with hints of toast.

Mouth

The mouth is soft, showing consistency in the middle of the palate, it is balanced, round, revealing fruits aromas, slightly toasted, on a tannic structure. The mouthfeel is pleasant, longlasting and elegant, with a good ageing potential. It can be paired with turkey cutlets in Port, a pork shank with lentils, an oven-roasted duck and many more roasts.

Consumption period

2022- 2034

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Ground

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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