Pourpre Château de Barbe, Côtes de Bourg
- Vintage: 2014
- Origin: Côtes de Bordeaux, France
- Taste Guide: Medium-full bodied, dry & oaked. Winemaker quote: "Complex aging notes, revealed by grilled and toasty aromas, dominate the bouquet alongside the spicy charm of vanilla together with hazelnut. At the same time a powerful impression of ripe fruit makes its presence felt. This wine is equally expressive in the mouth with a fleshy “attack” followed by good balance that contains both strength and character within a framework of good length. Le Pourpre 2014 promises both complexity and accessibility to the drinker although it is not expected to peak for a few years thanks to good cellaring potential."
- Varietal blend: 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec
- 75cl - 14% - Traditional Cork Opening
- Meal matches: Grilled meats or roast lamb, dish of boletus mushrooms and duck.
The Château de Barbe extends over 66 hectares from the top of the hills to the Gironde estuary. This proximity to the Gironde has a favourable microclimate for growing vines. The Savary de Beauregard family owned the chateau until it was acquired in 1993 by the Richard family, already experienced owners in Côtes de Bourg. The quality of the terroir and the vinification work reveal the fruitiness, fleshiness and elegance of the wines, which regularly receive distinctions.
First produced back in 2002, the Pourpre is made from grapes selected from the property's best vineyard plots and is a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec. After a pre-ferment cold maceration lasting up to six days, the wine undergoes a long cool fermentation followed by a year ageing in French oak, 50% new. Fleshy and structured with soft tannins, there is plenty of ripe fruit and a note of wild mint.
While it is true that large rivers have made great vineyards, the Château de Barbe enjoys incomparable conditions with its soil overlooking the Gironde. The Château counts 41 hectares of Côtes de Bourg and 25 hectares of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur.
According to one review on Vivino.com this wine was as much as £38 in one French restaurant!