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15 Jul 2014

2013 red wines en primeur: good things come to those who wait...

Many professionals agree that tastings of the 2013 vintage red wines from the 4th to the 8th of April took place much too early this year.

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This was something often heard at the numerous tastings organized in Bordeaux at that time.  The fact that the campaign started so early unfortunately did not enable the red wines to show their true potential. This has become much more obvious after a few more months in barrel... Making the 2013s has called for considerable skill and delicacy from cellarmasters, who needed to practise very gentle extraction.

These red wines need much more time to reveal their personality. They necessitated longer maceration, putting into barrel later, less frequent pumping over, longer vatting, etc.

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The winemaker's job in this vintage called for two key qualities: patience and delicacy. Our cellarmaster relied on a non-interventionist approach, which he achieved by accompanying the wine more than by manipulating  it in order to preserve its intrinsic fruitiness and to create a fine balance...

Good things come to those who wait...

A) A few tasting notes and opinions of 2013 red Château La Louvière (en primeurs)

bouteille château La Louvière rouge 2013
 

James Suckling : 09.04.2014 - Note : from 90,00 to 91,00 / 100
Very pretty with blackberry, licorice and hints of slate. Full body, integrated tannins and a fresh finish. Very well done.

Bettane and Desseauve : 15.04.2014 - Note : 16,00 / 20
Beautiful colour and powerful nose showing spice and even some smokiness. Firm tannin and a little rough at present, but will surely soften during ageing.

Gault & Millau : 01.05.2014- Note : 05.50 / 20
Very charming bouquet (for a 2013 primeur) with attractive overtones of blackcurrant and blueberry, as well as a touch of cedar and cinnamon. Rather reserved and tight on the palate, with minerality and freshness.

La Revue du Vin de France : 18.04.2014 - Note : from 13,50 to 14,50 / 20
The estate stopped using harvesting machines in 2013. Michel Rolland became consultant winemaker for the red wine in the2013 vintage, as he did at Château Couhins Lurton. It is a pleasantly fruity, expressive wine with a soft texture and smooth tannins.

Jeannie Cho Lee for The Asian Palate : 16.04.2014
Lovely purity and lifted aromatics with blackberry fruit that is crunchy and fresh on the palate. Light bodied red that will bring a lot of drinking pleasure in about 4-5 year's time.

James Molesworth for The Wine Spectator : 03.04.2014 - Note : from 86,00 to 89,00 / 100
Open and soft, with a perfumy sandalwood and tea profile up front, backed by red currant and cherry pit notes. A lightly firm balsa wood edge holds the finish. This needs time to fill in.

B) A few tasting notes and opinions of 2013 red Château Couhins-Lurton (en primeurs)

Gault & Millau : 02.06.2014 - Note : 15/20
Rich texture with round tannin underpinned by oaky overtones. Everything should integrate with ageing.

Steven Spurrier for Decanter : 14.04.2014 - Note : 16/20
Good clear fruit, slight tobacco leaf nose and a little lean, but elegant wine. Drink: 2017-2023.

Jeannie Cho Lee for The Asian Palate : 16.04.2014
Well made attractive Pessac Leognan red in this challenging vintage. Tannins are well managed and the flavours are ripe and round though not very deep. The plummy fruit is balanced by fresh acidity and a light profile; enjoy it while young but it should keep for 6-8 years.

James Suckling : 09.04.2014 - Note : from 88,00 to 89,00 / 100
I like the core of dark-fruit and mineral character here. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. A little short but cool.

James Molesworth for The Wine Spectator : 03.04.2014 - Note : from 86,00 to 89,00 / 100
Features some forward blackberry and blueberry compote notes, with a fleshy coating of toast that lingers through the finish. Friendly, but a touch shy on spine.

Bettane and Desseauve : 15.04.2014 - Note : 15,50 / 20
Crisp and well-balanced. An explosion of ripe fruit with vanilla overtones. Round and full-bodied on the palate. Flavoursome, vigorous, and invigorating.

 
bouteille château Couhins-Lurton rouge 2013