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Château Couhins-Lurton White

The characteristic of Château Couhins-Lurton white wines, Cru Classé de Graves, is to be made from Sauvignon only. Very elegants, they reveal fruity and fresh when they are young and gain in mineral complexity after a few years in bottle. They age very well.


2013 château Couhins-Lurton white label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

Sauvignon blanc 100%

Weather

There was record rainfall during the first half of 2013. Spring was very cool, even cold (May and June), and this caused a major delay in vine growth (flowering). Much more clement weather (warm and sunny) arrived in July and lasted until the harvest.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

2013 Couhins-Lurton has a sumptuous, very pale yellow colour with golden highlights.

Nose

The bouquet is complex and attractive, with many floral and fruity nuances. A more mineral element (gunflint) adds a welcome touch of freshness. 

Mouth

Very well-balanced on the palate and remarkably rich, this wine also has great acidity that makes for impressive balance. Minerality and lemon notes also come through. The oak is discreet and subtle, further contributing to the remarkable complexity. This Graves great growth is a treat with oysters, seafood, and roast veal among many other dishes…

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 
02.09.2015

2016 Edition - Made entirely with Sauvignon Blanc, this wine features a complex, elegant bouquet with overtones of gunflint, white fruit, and butter. The wine starts out quite vivacious on the palate, which is fresh, crunchy, and crisp. A very vigorous Pessac ideally suited to seafood. 2016-2020. fourchette Fish and seafood dishes.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2015

2016 Edition - The 2013 white is very refined, dynamic, rich, and elegant. A great success.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
21.08.2015
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Crus Classés 2013 - Beautifully intense with classic body and a lovely, long, fresh Sauvignon Blanc aftertaste. Still a little sharp. This wine may have a surprise in store for us with further ageing. (Philippe Maurange)

Robert Parker : 
01.09.2014
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 91.00 / 100

This is a superb Sauvignon (100%) with plenty of fig, white currant and orange marmalade notes. It is medium-bodied, very pure, and intensely juicy as well as elegant. Drink over the next 6-10 years.

Tim Atkin : 
01.05.2014
 - Note : 
93.00 / 100

André Lurton and consultant Denis Dubourdieu have lifted the bar in 2013, making a white, Sauvignon-based blend of real finesse and balance, with tangy, struck match aromas, good depth and texture and a herbal, salty finish. Mouth-watering stuff. 2014-20

Asian Palate : 
16.04.2014

Attractive gooseberry and mangosteen flavours on this wine that is light, elegant with nice mid palate texture and body. Well made, refreshing white that is a good example of how well the whites performed in this difficult vintage. (Jeannie Cho Lee)

Bettane et Desseauve : 
15.04.2014
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Well-focused, elegant aromas of white fruit, citrus, lime blossom, and honey. Rich, ripe, and very balanced on the palate, with excellent vivaciousness.

Decanter : 
14.04.2014
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Very good expression of 100% Sauvignon Blanc with clarity and persistence. Drink: 2015-2018. (Steven Spurrier)

Panos Kakaviatos : 
09.04.2014
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 92.00 / 100
James Suckling : 
07.04.2014
 - Note : 
from 92.00 to 93.00 / 100

A dense, crisp white with sliced white peaches and grapefruit. Full body, tangy acidity and a beautiful finish.

The Wine Spectator : 
03.04.2014
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 91.00 / 100

Web only - Lively, with white asparagus, thyme and verbena notes bouncing out front, backed by white peach and lemon zest notes. (James Molesworth)

Consumption period

2015 - 2023

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Ground

Surface

6.00 ha

Soil

Gravel, sand and gravel, on a subsoil of limestone.

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand in several passes

Others

Graft stock

101.14 - 3309C - Riparia

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact

Plant density

6,500 vines per hectare

Wine average age

26 years old

Grape variety

Sauvignons

Pruning type

Double guyot with debudding

Fermentation

After pressing and settling, in oak barrels (30% new)

Fermentation temperature

18 to 23 °C

Malolactic

No

Wine maturing

For 10 months in oak barrels on full lees with bâtonnage.

Wine montage

Tartaric precipitation by cold treatment and bentonite.

Maturing potential

Fully expressive between 3 and 10 years, can age 20 to 30 years

Cellar master

Jean Marc COMTE

Oenologist consultant

Denis DUBOURDIEU (Professor at the Institut d'Oenologie de Bordeaux) and Valérie LAVIGNE.

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