Château Bibian is one of the oldest and most renowned properties within Listrac. It takes its name from Pierre Bibian, who bought it in 1857. In 1999 Alain Meyre and his two children took it over and have breathed a new lease of life into the property. It boasts 20 hectares of vines, between 40 to 70 years old, which accounts for the wine’s intensity and depth of flavour. Tannins tend to be firm, so the wine takes a while to open up. A relatively high proportion—10%—of Petit Verdot is used in this cuvée, and it shows in the deeply coloured, concentrated juice. An opulent and generous nose of kirsch and blackberries leads on to a weighty palate, intensely flavoured with juicy cassis, vanilla and nutmeg. Drink now with beef fillet en croûte or strong cheeses.