Château Mahon-Laville

Bordeaux, bordeaux France

The 14 hectare Château Laville in Sauternes is Jean-Christophe Barbe’s family property. A Professor of Oenology at Bordeaux University, he is mainly famous for his outstanding Sauternes, but also produces some stunning reds, albeit on a fairly small scale. Although his property 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‘.

Thanks to the team of pickers that are constantly on hand at Château Laville (to perform the various passes through the vineyard required to make top Sauternes), Jean-Christophe is able to wait and pick the Merlot and Cabernet grapes when they are perfectly ripe. This is not always possible in this part of Bordeaux and many producers are forced to harvest when they have pickers available and before the grapes have reached perfect levels of ripeness. The Mahon-Laville Bordeaux Supérieur is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in oak. This wine marries deliciously ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas with a subtle cigar-box spiciness.


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