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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 château de Barbe Blanche red 2005

Wine style

Tender and Aromatic

Grape blend

Merlot 85% / Cabernet Franc 15%

Weather

The weather was ideal in 2005 and produced a superb vintage in Bordeaux. It was exceptionally dry for the region from winter to autumn. Sunshine was substantial starting in late spring. Summer temperatures were high, but there was nothing approaching a heat wave.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Deep garnet, remarkably intense.

Nose

Elegant, subtle nose, stronger on agitation. Intense ripe fruit aromas, melting vanilla. Cloves, toasty oak. Powerful, expressive nose.

Mouth

Generous and clean. Ample, concentrated. Melting, silky tannins. The palate is balanced and well-structured. More toasty savours, berry, vanilla, mocha. Drink 2011-2012. Perfect with roast rabbit or game.

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide (Alain Marty) -

Decanter : 
01.09.2008

Dark, berry nose, sweet and brooding. Quite elegant on the palate. Tannins and acidity present but in balance. Rich layer of fruit tops it all.

The Wine Spectator : 
01.03.2008
 - Note : 
87.00 / 100

Fresh blackberry and raspberry, with a twist of ginger. Medium – to full bodied, with a balance of currant and berry character. Chewy tannins. A little lean. Best after 2010. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.

The Wine Spectator : 
01.04.2006
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 91.00 / 100

Rich and round with lots of chocolate and berry character. Full-bodied, juicy and velvety. Impressive. (James Suckling)

Consumption period

2013 - 2020

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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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