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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 2004 Château de Barbe Blanche red

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

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

Weather

The winter of 2004 was marked by below-average temperatures and a water déficit. Summer weather was quite variable, but was not very hot. Sunshine was good in july, but there were heavy showers in August. September was remarkably warm with plenty of sunshine and high night-time temperatures.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Very beautiful, clear, deep, intense brilliant garnet-red colour.

Nose

The intense bouquet displays marked empyreumatic aromas (toast, smoke, cocoa, vanilla, mocha) with hints of spice and ripe Merlot. Remarkable for this vintage.

Mouth

Starts out smooth on the palate. A well-concentrated, full-bodied wine with fruity flavours leading into a lovely long finish. Best enjoyed in 3 to 8 years, accompanied by game or marinated red meats.

Ratings and reviews

Nat' Decants : 
08.01.2008
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Lussac-St-Émilion is a satellite appellation just northeast of Bordeaux's more famous (and expensive) St-Émilion district. Merlot is the dominant variety here, as it is in St-Émilion, and there are hidden gems to be found for the Bordeaux bargain hunter like this blend of 65% merlot, 25% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon. Sourced from 25+ year old vines, this red displays lovely plum fruit, cassis and fresh herb characteristics leading to a lingering finish. My note: A warm, richly layered, full-bodied red. Aromas of cassis, smoke and oak with a smooth finish.

Guide des Vins 2007 : 
01.02.2007

Official Selection /Oenologues of France : This Lussac Saint Emilion glows intensely red with bright ruby highlights. The nose reveals fresh, fruity notes overlaid by a hint of elegantly mellow oak. The palate is structured and well crafted, the finish is opulent and sensuous.

Consumption period

2012 - 2019

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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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