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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 2006

Wine style

Tender and Aromatic

Grape blend

Merlot 85% / Cabernet Franc 15%


Although the first quarter of 2006 was cold and wet (precipitation in March was 3 to 4 times greater than average), this was above all a hot year – in fact, the second hottest since 1950. There was a brief period of extreme heat in July, but the month of September was very mild and dry.

Tasting Comment


Deep red, intensely brilliant.


Complex, elegant nose, oaky notes (toast, vanilla, spices, chocolate, clove) with ripe fruit (cherry, currant, raspberry). Shows its class.


Smooth, structured, ample palate, characteristic of this estate's finest. Remarkably powerful and concentrated, yet loses none of its elegance and length. Drink now and for the next 5 years, with dark meats (rib steak with marrowbone, Beef Wellington) or game-birds (roast grouse, truffled pheasant).

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

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

Other : 
 - Note : 





La Presse Montréal - An attractive Bordeaux red, majority  Merlot (65%) with 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, barrel aged with 50% new oak. The nose is discreet, frank, promising, while the palate shows pleasantly velvety tannins. With above average body, this is a totally balanced wine. 2009-2014.

Le Guide Hachette : 

When Henry IV succeeded to the throne of France, he brought to the crown lands his kingdom of Navarre and fifteen counties and dukedoms, one which included the estate of Barbe Blanche. Today, its wine is authentic, classy, the nose oaky, with soft fruit character on the palate cloaking tannins that are still firm. Wait two to three years for the oak and tannins to mellow.

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

Primeurs - Has attractive blackberry and currant character, with hints of leaves. Full-bodied, with a good core of fruit and silky tannins. Well done. (James Suckling)


silver medal - 2009 Decanter awards
Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
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Prix des Vinalies
Vinalies Nationales 2008

Consumption period

2013 - 2021

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28.00 ha


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.


Grape harvest

Machine harvest with sorting and selection at the winery.


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


In stainless-steel temperature-controlled tanks. Approximately 3 weeks (subject to vintage and ripeness of tannins)

Fermentation temperature

28 to 30°C



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.