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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 2007

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 85% / Cabernet Franc 15%

Weather

2007 was cool and wet from May to August, and not particularly conducive to ripening for the red wine varieties. A beautiful month of September – warm and relatively dry – meant that the grapes could be picked over a long period at perfect ripeness.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Beautiful ruby-red hue with garnet-red highlights.

Nose

Lovely black fruit on the nose (candied blackcurrant, blackberry and blueberry).

Mouth

Red berries (redcurrant) on the palate with hints of blackberry. Barrel ageing has conferred very attractive oak flavours as well as structure and elegance to the wine. (Johanna Dayer - July 2013)

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

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

Gault et Millau : 
15.01.2011
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Intense black cherry aromas with some floral and licorice notes. The palate is ample, balanced, concentrated, with supple tannins and a long finish with more peppery cherry notes.

Le Guide Hachette : 
02.09.2010

André Lurton, one of the leading lights in the Bordeaux wine world, has been co-owner, with André Magnon, of this 28 hectare estate, not far from the Gallo-Roman villa Lucciacus, for ten years. On the nose, their 2007 shows vanilla and redcurrant notes, while the palate is still slightly dominated by its powerful, structured oak, which needs a year or two to round out.

Medals

2010 expovina medal
Diplôme d'OR. 90,40 points
Expovina Internationale Weinpramierung 2010

Consumption period

2013 - 2022

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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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