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Chateau Mahon-Laville Bordeaux Superieur Jean Christophe Barbe 2018 £16.50
CHATEAU MAHON-LAVILLE BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR JEAN CHRISTOPHE BARBE
Jean-Christophe's original 1.3 hectares of red grape varieties are located at Laville on a plot of land called Mahon, hence the name. Soils are predominantly clay and the average age of the vines is 15 years. The work that goes into it - leaf stripping to expose the fruit, crop thinning before véraison to lower yields and aid ripeness - all add to this great value wine.
The grapes were hand-picked then spent three to four weeks on skins fermenting at 28°C-30°C. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures of 22°C followed by ageing for 12 months in barrel.
Astonishingly good value for money from this Sauternes based winery. A classic Bordeaux nose with ripe, supple fruit on the palate and a grip on the finish that reminds you that you are drinking a claret.
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