Professor of Oenology at Bordeaux University, Jean-Christophe Barbe is mostly famous for his outstanding Sauternes (Decanter 2015 Sweet Bordeaux Trophy over £15), but also produces some stunning reds, albeit on a fairly small scale. Although the domaine is mainly planted with white grapes, Jean Christophe has set aside a 1.3 hectare vineyard of red varieties, which is sold as ‘Château Mahon-Laville’.
The 14-hectare Château Laville in Sauternes is Jean-Christophe Barbe’s family property. His pickers are able to wait and pick the Merlot and Cabernet grapes when they are ripe (which can be an issue in this part of Bordeaux), rather then when he has pickers available. ‘Les Graves de Mahon-Laville’ comes from 40 year old vines grown on gravel soils in 2.5 hectares of vineyard that are classified as Graves.
A deep purple wine that offers concentrated plum and spice from the Merlot, alongside minerality that is typical of this region. A powerful but smooth palate, with the Cabernet Sauvignon adding firm tannins and fine structure to the finish. Great value for money.Dodatne informacije (PDF)