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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 2010

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Merlot 85% / Cabernet franc 15%

Weather

Winter was harsh (many days with frost) and spring rather chilly. There was a great deal of sunshine in 2010 and a long period of drought from 21 June to late September, which was favourable for ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Brilliant bright crimson colour.

Nose

The complex bouquet displays red and black fruit such as redcurrant and blackcurrant.

Mouth

The wine is full-bodied and rich on the palate with a smooth round texture. The tannin is velvety and there is an attractive vanilla flavour. Although already delightful, this wine, typical of a great Lussac-St Emilion, can also age well for several years. This rich wine is a treat with veal chops or guinea fowl.

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2013
 - Note : 

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Château de Barbe Blanche became a royal possession when Henri IV was crowned king. The estate has belonged to André Lurton and André Magnon since 2000. The Merlot (65%) and Cabernet grapes produced a deep crimson-coloured wine in 2010 with a complex bouquet of candied fruit accompanied by oaky and menthol nuances.  Displaying ripe tannin, well-integrated oak, and a very fresh aftertaste, the wine is round and generous on the palate. It will continue to develop over the next five years (and thereafter) to express its full potential, at which time it will be delightful with roast beef in a puff pastry.

Le Point : 
01.05.2011
 - Note : 
14.50 / 20

Red fruit, ample palate, smooth, fresh, lively, upright, good fruit. Drink from 2015 - Should last 12 years - (Jacques Dupont)

Medals

gold medal - 2013 Concours Général Agricole de Paris
Gold
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2013

Consumption period

2013 - 2025

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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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