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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 2009
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Full and Complex

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon.

Weather

While January and February were colder than average, 2009 was nevertheless a warm year (one of the warmest in a century). There was a great deal of sunshine and a remarkable drought during the summer months.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Couhins-Lurton White 2009 is a finely-crafted wine that is pale green in color and it is already showing some of its mettle.

Nose

With an intense, complex nose of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango mingling with lemon. With agitation come haunting vanilla and light toasty notes.

Mouth

The palate is rich and full, mouthwateringly fruity and floral, with delicate, melting oak already perfectly blended-in. The finish shows the terroir’s signature flinty character, sign of a promising future. Both concentrated and elegant, this is a wine to serve with poultry or baked fish, or to accompany the cheese platter.

Ratings and reviews

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
10.01.2014
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Pale colour. Elegant, fruity, subtle, and vivacious nose with overtones of aniseed and pear. Superb. Full-bodied and rich on the middle palate. Very flavoursome and aromatic thereafter. Hints of white fruit and a touch of oak on the finish. Finely-crafted wine. Delicious and very elegant. 2012-2025

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.09.2013
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Delicate, mineral and tight.

Gault et Millau : 
01.09.2013
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Web only - This wine is extremely delectable and fruity, with elegant vanilla nuances thanks to barrel ageing as well as a silky texture and great length.

The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

The estate was considerably renovated after it was acquired by André Lurton in 1992. The 17 hectares of red wine varieties, Merlot (77%) and Cabernet Sauvignon, grow on gravel soil, and the 6 hectares of white wine varieties, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, grow on sandy-gravel soil with a limestone subsoil.  The red and white wines are aged in barrel for 12 months (50-75% new for the red wines). (Alain Marty)

Gault et Millau : 
01.10.2012
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Discreetly varietal and understated, the nose also features lovely hints of lime blossom, citronella and gentian root brandy. The wine is very delicate on the palate, with a lacy texture.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
09.01.2012
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

There is a farmyard quality to the aromas, but the wine itself shows a finely structured character that offers a linear, herbaceous view. The wine has considerable aging potential, bringing out an enticing citrus character.

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.06.2011
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After winning a "Coup de Coeur" last year for the 2008, this is a pure Sauvignon which, without reaching the heights achieved by its predecessor, still puts on a fine show. The nose is particularly fresh and impulsive, with mineral, honeysuckle and lemon notes. Balanced, rich and succulent, the palate has both depth and length.

Gault et Millau : 
15.01.2011
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

A harmonious Pessac white with freshness and finesse. White fruit, candied fruits and brackeny aromas on the nose, while the palate is supple, delicate and long.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
15.01.2011
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Open, approachable, easy to drink, charming and yet still lively.

Decanter : 
30.06.2010
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20
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Fine, floral Sauvignon Blanc expression with gravelly. Graves complexity. Firmness will hold it. (2012-2016)

La Revue du Vin de France : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
from 15.50 to 16.50 / 20

Great Success. Fans of delicate, subtle, easy-drinking wines, on your marks! Get set ! And don't go – this 2009 is right up your alley. Textbook Sauvignon Blanc: floral, mineral, subtly accentuated with 30% new oak. Good acidity (about 5g)

Le Point : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

White fruits, white pepper, crisp, lively palate, fresh, good acidity, long, good fruit,vivacious. Begin drinking in 2013.Can age for at least 8 years. (Jacques Dupont)

Consumption period

2013 - 2019

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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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