Jean-Christophe Barbe studied at the University of Bordeaux and did his thesis on ?pourriture noble?, or noble rot, the botrytis that makes Sauternes so special. Today, he instructs the youth of Bordeaux in winemaking while running the family property, Chateau Laville, in Sauternes. Chateau Delmond is the second wine of Chateau Laville. Jean-Christophe also has some red varieties planted at Laville, which are used to produce the excellent value Chateau Mahon-Laville. Chateau Mouras is from his other family vineyard in the Graves. Jean-Christophe has 1.3 hectares of red grape varieties at Laville on a plot of land called Mahon, with an additional 2.5 hectares which qualify for Graves AOC. Soils are predominantly sand and gravel, with a vine age of 40 years.
|Grape Variety||Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Winery||Jean / Christophe Barbe|
|Wine Style||Red Bordeauxesque|
|Ageing Potential||Drinking beautifully now through to 2017.|
|Region||Graves is an important subregion of the Bordeaux wine region. Graves is situated on the left bank of the Garonne river, in the upstream part of the region, southeast of the city Bordeaux and stretch over 50 kilometres (31 mi). Graves is the only Bordeaux subregion which is famed for all three of Bordeaux's three main wine types: reds, dry whites and sweet wines?although red wines dominate the total production. Graves AOC is also the name of one Appellation d'origine controlee (AOC) which covers most, but not all of the Graves subregion.|