Château de Barbe Blanche 2016 (AOC Lussac Saint-Émilion)

The AOC Lussac St-Émilion is one of the Saint-Émilion 4 satellite appellations, on the right bank. Lussac St-Émilion is a vineyard with more or less 1400 hectares devoted to red wine from Bordeaux grape varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Côt, Carmenère or Petit Verdot). This AOP is characterized by the Malbec - Cabernet Franc (here 20%) association and the predominantly limestone soils to the north of the hill of Saint-Émilion. We had this vintage awakened six years after its harvest, but we could still do it fourteen years later.

Visually a dark color, typical of Bordeaux wine, the tile-colored nuances mark the beginning of evolution and its slow tears show good glyceric potential. On the nose we find another delicious evolution that manages to add to the fruity notes a memory of ink, butchery, Occitan undergrowth, without forgetting the ripe black fruit. A wide and dry entry in the mouth. The development is not heavy, but of medium structure and silky texture. The barrel aging (12 months in new barrel) is integrated, leaving the leading role for the toasted forest fruit, the spice and the chalky freshness. Melted tannin finish.

Fine wine courtesy of Château de Barbe Blanche, a project of André Lurton. The Lurton group holds one of France's great wine fortunes and its leader, Mr. Lurton, has left a legacy for Bordeaux lovers to enjoy. As for the vintage, it is considered cold and humid but of great elegance. The value for money, between 25 and 30 euros, is in line with the 'satellite' denominations designed to avoid speculation suffered by St-Émilion GC, Pomerol, Fronsac, Péssac-Léognan, etc. Buy it before it falls in the mafia speculation of the 'Place de Bordeaux'.

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