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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.

2016 Château de Barbe Blanche label

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 80% / Cabernet Franc 20 %


2016 was one of the finest vintages in the past 20 years. Winter was exceptionally wet and mild, and it rained a great deal in spring until June. However, the weather changed radically in mid-June, turning warm and quite dry, with cool nights. Ideal conditions for growing excellent wine grapes!

Tasting Comment


Brilliant, very dark ruby red colour with beautiful purplish highlights.


Powerful, rich and spicy bouquet of very ripe red and black fruit (cherry, blackcurrant), as well as a touch of vanilla.


The wine starts out very round on the palate. It is full-bodied, rich, powerful, and in no way heavy. The tannin is quite smooth. The freshness and spiciness of the nose come through in the flavour. The wine is altogether beautifully balanced and elegant. Ideal with duck or lamb.

Ratings and reviews

The Drinks Business : 

The top 10 wines of 2021 - lt's a perennial question for anyone closely involved in wine - what can you recommend from Bordeaux that's fine and affordable? So it was a relief to have unearthed this in this year's Autumn Tasting to answer that question for 2021 at least. lt's a £.20 Merlot-dominant Right Bank drop from satellite Bordeaux appellation Lussac-Saint-Emillon, and it showcases both the quality of the outstanding 2016 vintage and the winemaking skills of André Lurton - who acquired this es ate, called Château de Barbe Blanche, in 2000. Unmistakably Bordeaux, there are notes of cedar and cigar box, even a touch of graphite, and then layers of ripe berry fruit, from blackberry to red cherry, before the wine finishes with a dense wall of dry tannin - which are a little firm, but will no doubt feel softer when tasted with the fatty food at this time of year.(Patrick Schmitt)

James Suckling : 
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 91.00 / 100

A little reserved and lean at this early stage, but there’s clean and linear fruit and good tannin balance to this young red.

Consumption period

2020 - 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 et Mikaël LAIZET