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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 2008

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 85% / Cabernet Franc 15%

Weather

The main features this year were humidity and cold. There were heavy rains in April and May (during the vegetative cycle) and a cool summer, especially in June and August. Warm, dry weather in September enhanced ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Château de Barbe Blanche 2008 is black, with great depth, though agitation reveals violet highlights on the rim of the glass.

Nose

The nose is equally intense, redolent of high quality grapes, blending cassis and blackberry with vanilla and toast, quickly followed by mocha.

Mouth

The palate is opulent, full-bodied and structured, powerful but not heavy, with lingering notes of cinnamon and black cherry, a complexity which will soon allow it to complement a variety of dishes, from duck à l’orange to roast beef.

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
16.90 / 20

The Great Ranking of Bordeaux Wines vintage 2008 - Between ruby and deep purple colour, nearly blanck, with violet reflects. Powerful and complex aromas of blackcurrant, blackberries, vanilla, roasting coffee, frangipane and coffee which persists. Full-bodied taste entirely dominated by black fruit with a lot of noble tanins. The length is based on coffee, cedar wood and grilled flavour. Never-ending finish. An exceptional wine. Tasted in 2012.

Consumption period

2013 - 2023

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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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