Vineyards - 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 an average vine age of 40 years. Thanks to the pickers that are always on hand, Jean-Christophe is able to wait to pick the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon when they are ripe rather than when pickers are available.
Vintage information - After a cold, dry winter, spring arrived very early with bud break at the end of March. April was the second hottest on record since 1900, followed by an equally hot and dry May, resulting in early flowering. A heat spike in June caused serious water stress before an unusually cold July with welcome rains. One of the earliest harvests in history, starting on the second half of August, resulted in historically low yields.
|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.|