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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 2008
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

100 % sauvignon.

Weather

The main features this year were humidity and cold. There were heavy rains in April and May (during the vegetative cycle) and a cool summer, especially in June and August. Warm, dry weather in September enhanced ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Very light in color, the Couhins-Lurton White 2008 could almost be called pale, a sign of its extreme youth.

Nose

This is echoed by the subtle, delicate nose, with classy, elegant mineral, box wood, fresh fruit and white flower notes. Tasted now, in early 2010, the wine's potential is apparent.

Mouth

The palate has the same elegance, where highly complex flavors of tropical fruit and citrus, notably grapefruit, blend with flinty notes in a classical harmonious ensemble. The finish is long and covers a vast aromatic spectrum, sign of an exceptional bottle. Best after 2012/2013 for memorable occasions, will keep for decades.

Ratings and reviews

La Revue du Vin de France : 
25.11.2017
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

Rather elegant nose just starting to show some age, with a suggestion of resin, and even pine needles. More slender than full-bodied, with an aftertaste of citrus zest. This estate focuses on finesse, without at all detracting from a long finish and strong personality.

2013 Wine & Business Club Guide : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

(Alain Marty)

The Wine Enthusiast : 
01.04.2011
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

A tight wine, showing racy fruit and an herbal character. Its acidity shoots through the orange zest and grapefruit flavors, leaving a wine that is bright, tangy and ready to drink.

Gault et Millau : 
15.01.2011
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

An elegant Pessac white with depth, balance and finesse. The nose is bursting with fruit and floral aromas with some delicate oak. The palate is fresh, ample and intense.

Le Guide Hachette : 
02.09.2010
 - Note : 

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Coup de coeur 20112011 Edition - This edition, most of our "Coups de Cœur" (favourites) are white wines, given that for the reds we were looking at the tricky 2007s… But weather doesn't explain everything. Here, the ultra-modern cellars, reached via a magnificent reception room, are a testimony to the owner's determination to restore the chateau to its former glory – starting with a commitment to craft wines of impeccable quality. This vintage is a definite success. Showing crystalline purity, this 2008 has power and aromatic elegance. Upfront, the nose is broom, box, elderberry, violet and white peach, enriched after agitation with lemony notes and a hint of grapefruit zest. This is echoed on the palate, lively and meltingly juicy from the Sauvignon, the oak stepping back to let the fruit have the limelight. A long, very distinguished finish showcases some wonderfully crisp fruit.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2010
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Le Grand Guide des vins de France 2011 - Very pale colour. Spicy, vibrant, saline and very concentrated nose. Despite an overall impression of crispness and tension, the acidity is still underlying and augurs well for ageing potential. 2013-2020.

Vinum : 
30.06.2009
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

A lovely pure Sauvignon nose with fresh grassy and floral notes with flinty overlay, amazing acidity on the palate, lively and almost aggressive but with excellent aromatic persistence. Interesting, unusual, needs long aging. 2016-2026.

Le Point : 
15.05.2009
 - Note : 
from 16.50 to 17.00 / 20

Floral, sugary, soft palate, elegant, very fresh, good acidity, charming and deep, lingering white peach finish.  Very pure. 2010/10 years. (Jacques Dupont)

Consumption period

2013 - 2018

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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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