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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.


2013 Château de Barbe Blanche label

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 85% / Cabernet franc 15%

Weather

There was record rainfall during the first half of 2013. Spring was very cool, even cold (May and June), and this caused a major delay in vine growth (flowering). Much more clement weather (warm and sunny) arrived in July and lasted until the harvest.

Tasting Comment

Appearance

Lovely garnet-red colour with magnificent deep purple highlights.

Nose

Pleasant aromas of spice, black fruit (morello cherry, blackberry), and subtle toasty nuances.

Mouth

The wine starts out very lively on the palate. It is full-bodied, very rich, and has quite a long aftertaste. Beautiful balance and great complexity predominate. This elegant wine will be the perfect partner for red meats of all kind, as well as stews and game dishes after two or three years' ageing.

Medals

médaille Or Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2015
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Concours Général Agricole de Paris 2015

Consumption period

2018 - 2030

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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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