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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.


2016 Château de Barbe Blanche label

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 80% / Cabernet Franc 20 %

Weather

2016 was one of the finest vintages in the past 20 years. Winter was exceptionally wet and mild, and it rained a great deal in spring until June. However, the weather changed radically in mid-June, turning warm and quite dry, with cool nights. Ideal conditions for growing excellent wine grapes!

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Brilliant, very dark ruby red colour with beautiful purplish highlights.

Nose

Powerful, rich and spicy bouquet of very ripe red and black fruit (cherry, blackcurrant), as well as a touch of vanilla.

Mouth

The wine starts out very round on the palate. It is full-bodied, rich, powerful, and in no way heavy. The tannin is quite smooth. The freshness and spiciness of the nose come through in the flavour. The wine is altogether beautifully balanced and elegant. Ideal with duck or lamb.

Ratings and reviews

James Suckling : 
27.03.2017
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 91.00 / 100

A little reserved and lean at this early stage, but there’s clean and linear fruit and good tannin balance to this young red.

Consumption period

2020 - 2030

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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.

Oenologist consultant

Michel ROLLAND et Mikaël LAIZET

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