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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 2009

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 85% / Cabernet Franc 15%

Weather

While January and February were colder than average, 2009 was nevertheless a warm year (one of the warmest in a century). There was a great deal of sunshine and a remarkable drought during the summer months.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

With its violet tints, almost unfathomably deep, the colour of this Lussac, product of a magnificent clay-chalk terroir, is magnificent. (January, 2012)

Nose

The nose is powerful, perfectly blending a wide range of fruity notes, including strawberry and cassis, with delicate vanilla, smoky elements.

Mouth

Upfront, the wine is rich and concentrated, with no shortage of appropriate adjectives to describe its density and smoothness. There is still a lot of red fruit, joined gradually by chocolate and vanilla notes. The palate is generous, underpinned by some elegant tannins that guarantee aging potential. Ideal for laying-down, but will be excellent in 3 to 4 years with pheasant, duck confit or jerk beef.

Ratings and reviews

Other : 
01.06.2013
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Vins et Vignobles - 

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

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

Other : 
14.02.2012
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Sélection Vin & Vignobles - With its ripped and rich fruity nose, it expresses full freshness which offers relishing blended flavours such as cherry, plum and tobacco once in mouth. Its soft and well balanced finish gives an elegant wine although still young, but which will later stay memorable in a few years. (Janine Saine)

Vino : 
01.07.2010
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The Wine Spectator : 
15.04.2010
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from 90.00 to 93.00 / 100

Crushed blueberry and black cherry on the nose. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a fruity finish. Very good concentration for this appellation. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. (James Suckling)

Le Point : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Black fruit, plum, impressive oak, lively palate, firm with a fair amount of acidity which is backed by the tannins and the oak. Needs aging, but very promising. Begin drinking in 2014. Can age for at least 12 years. (Jacques Dupont)

Consumption period

2013 - 2024

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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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