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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.


label château Couhins-Lurton white 2006
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

Sauvignon 100%.

Weather

Although the first quarter of 2006 was cold and wet (precipitation in March was 3 to 4 times greater than average), this was above all a hot year – in fact, the second hottest since 1950. There was a brief period of extreme heat in July, but the month of September was very mild and dry

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Bright gold.

Nose

The fresh citrus (lemon and grapefruit) notes show the delicateness and finesse of Couhins-Lurton white 2006. After agitation, the perfectly integrated smoky and oaky notes become apparent but never over-shadow the fruit aromas.

Mouth

On the palate, there is an impressive density and softness. It is clear that the 2006 is a magnificent vintage. A broad range of aromas (passion fruit, grapefruit, etc) unveil on the palate and provide a long finish. This wine, still very young, will be in perfect harmony after benefiting from aging a couple of years in the bottle.

Ratings and reviews

The Wine Advocate : 
31.08.2017
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Tasted at the André Lurton tasting in London. The 2006 Couhins-Lurton Blanc has a pretty apple blossom and honeysuckle-tinged bouquet that opens nicely in the glass (far better than the 2005, incidentally). The palate is clean and fresh with a waxy textured-opening, subtle tropical tones with white peach and apricot, leading to a refined finish that feels long and tender. This comes highly recommended. Tasted June 2017. (Neal Martin)

Bettane et Desseauve : 
15.01.2011
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

2006 : fresh and elegant.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.09.2009
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Ripe fruit nose, with flinty citrus notes, clean palate, tasty, melting and lively. Agreeable.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.09.2009
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Guide d'achats des Crus - Flinty, fresh.

Other : 
30.06.2009

Tasted - Pure and very intense nose, some grassy notes, citrus and some nutty flavours, slightly more structure on the palate, very fresh and zesty, medium to long finish, distinct and pure. (Andreas Larsson)

Guide Hubert : 
30.05.2009

Pale gold, elegant fruity, smoky nose, attractive minerality and oaky notes ; elegant, tasty, lovely velvety texture, fruit, freshness and structure, elegant through and through.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.04.2008
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

A textbook example of crystalline Sauvignon, Couhins Lurton is a fascinating Bordeaux quite different from the plethora of over-oaked, almost sickly, caricatures of the genre which clutter up the most ambitious sector of the local production. Couhins possesses an ethereal elegance and delicacy which elevate the natural fruitiness of the varietal to new heights. Young, the wine can appear more expressive of its grape than its terroir. With age, however, it often grows astonishingly complex. 2006: Fresh and elegant.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
25.05.2007
 - Note : 
from 14.00 to 15.00 / 20

Primeur : Superb, classy nose, elegant, fruity, spicy, mineral, generous palate, opulent, fresh, persistent.

Decanter : 
04.05.2007

Intense, pure sauvignon (100%) with very crisp acidity. Good fruit expression, relatively lean style. 2010 - 22.

Medals

2008 Decanter World Wine Awards - Regional Trophy
Regional Trophy
Decanter World Wine Awards 2008

Consumption period

Drink today.

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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

27 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

Oenologist consultant

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

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