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Château de Barbe Blanche Red

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 2002 Château de Barbe Blanche red

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 65% / Cabernet Franc 25% / Cabernet Sauvignon 10%

Weather

The winter was dry. The spring was touched by rains (may), responsible for the coulure, which was observed in vineyard. The summer was cool and humid (especially August). But, from September, the weather was become hot, dry and sunny, until the end of the harvest.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Deep Garnet.

Nose

Expressive, toasty oak, mocha, berry.

Mouth

Smooth upfront, rich, full-bidied, mellow tannins, good length.

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette - 2006 Edition : 
01.09.2005
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Co-owned by André Lurton, one of Bordeaux' wine luminaries, and André Magnon, this estate has produced a wine deep purple in colour, with oaky aromas of vanilla and toast set off by ripe berry notes. The tannins, supple and generous upfront, develop power, length and persistence. From the same owners, Château Tour de Ségur 2002 gets a special mention: fruity, less complex on the palate, already drinking well.

Consumption period

Drink today

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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.

Maturing potential

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

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