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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.


2012 Château de Barbe Blanche red label

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 85% / Cabernet franc 15%

Weather

Spring was very trying, with considerable rainfall leading to fungal diseases of all sorts. This called for very close attention in the vines until the 14th of July, when the weather changed durably for the better.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

2012 Château de Barbe Blanche has a strikingly beautiful deep colour with attractive purple highlights.

Nose

The nose is fruity and expressive, with a whole range of fruity aromas (including strawberry and blackcurrant), spices, and a touch of vanilla. Everything blends together brilliantly.

Mouth

The wine starts out quite rich and straightforward on the palate, which is very much in line with the bouquet. It is also smooth and full-bodied, with fruity (blackcurrant and blackberry) flavours, going on to gradually reveal hints of vanilla and coffee. The discreet oak adds elegance and structure to this wine that will be a treat in two or three years with poultry or lamb.

Ratings and reviews

Terre de Vins : 
01.09.2015
 - Note : 
15.75 / 20

The lovely garnet-red colour features a deep purple rim. The wine starts out quite juicy on the palate, going on to mirror blueberry nuances found on the nose. It then reveals flavours of raspberry jelly and very ripe black fruit such as blackcurrant and blackberry. The wine has great texture on the palate, with firm, yet smooth tannin and excellent acidity indicative of good ageing potential.  Furthermore, there is plenty of body, excellent balance, and elegant, well-integrated oak. Our tasting notes confirm the wine richly deserves its award. This wine pairs beautifully with duck breast, but it is also powerful enough to accompany strong cheeses. After several years in the cellar, it will even be a treat with rich chocolate cake!

Medals

San Francisco International Wine Competition (silver)
Argent
San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014
médaille argent concours général agricole de Paris 2014
Argent
Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2014

Consumption period

2015 - 2027

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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.

Wine montage

Eggwhites

Maturing potential

Begins to open up after 2 to 3 years, will age 10 to 12 years.

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