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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.

2015 red Château de Barbe Blanche label

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 80% / Cabernet Franc 20%


2015 was the third warmest year since 1900... Drought conditions, above-average monthly temperatures and sunshine (in the first half of the year), cool nights and hot weather in August accompanying véraison (colour change) were all ideal for the vines!

Tasting Comment


Brilliant garnet-red, almost black.


Beautifully intense, aromatic, spicy bouquet. Attractive aromas of red and black fruit (morello cherry, blackcurrant), as well as vanilla nuances, are released with aeration.


Round and smooth on the palate, going on to reveal fruity flavours matching the bouquet, along with smoky and vanilla hints on the finish. A rich, powerful, and eminently enjoyable wine. 2015 Château de Barbe Blanche is in its element with roast lamb, duck confit, and veal.

Ratings and reviews : 
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

Lovely spice and chocolate character to this fruity and firm red. Excellent from the appellation. Medium to full body. Juicy finish. Drink in 2020. (James Suckling)

The Wine Patriot : 
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

(Antoon Laurent)

Terre de Vins : 

Seems oaky at first on the nose, then goes on to reveal black fruit (blackberry) and smoky aromas. Juicy and fresh on the palate thanks to good acidity, and has a long aftertaste.

Le Point : 
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

"Coup de coeur": red fruit, raspberry, vibrant, very aromatic, fresh, long, and elegant. (Jacques Dupont)

James Suckling : 
 - Note : 
from 92.00 to 93.00 / 100

Chewy and extracted with lots of fruits and tannins. Full body. Muscular and dense. A little rustic but will mellow with the barrel maturation.


2018 Challenge International du Vin - silver medal
Challenge International du Vin 2018

Consumption period

2019 - 2030

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28.00 ha


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.


Grape harvest

Machine harvest with sorting and selection at the winery.


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


In stainless-steel temperature-controlled tanks. Approximately 3 weeks (subject to vintage and ripeness of tannins)

Fermentation temperature

28 to 30°C



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.

Oenologist consultant

Michel ROLLAND and Mickaël LAIZET