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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 2011
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

100% Sauvignon.

Weather

Temperatures were much higher than average from February to June, with much less rainfall than usual. There were already signs of drought at the end of Spring.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Château Couhins-Lurton, a Graves great growth, owes much of its reputation to its fine white wine.  The 2011 vintage is splendid, with a bright, brilliant, greenish-yellow hue.

Nose

The bouquet has wonderful subtle aromas of white flowers (acacia) and citrus fruit (pink grapefruit).

Mouth

This fresh, very complex wine has a fine long aftertaste. It needs another two or three years to achieve its full potential. The finish goes on and on with citrus and pineapple nuances.  This wine is delicious with fish in a cream sauce or aged Comté cheese. However, there is no reason not to enjoy it all on its own !

Ratings and reviews

The Wine Advocate : 
31.08.2017
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Tasted at the André Lurton tasting in London. The 2011 Couhins-Lurton Blanc seems a little closed on the nose compared to its peers, touches of white flower filtering through the citrus fruit but very reserved despite rigorous coaxing. The palate is much more promising with citrus peel, quite a lot of fresh ginger and impressive weight on the finish. Perhaps it is just a case of waiting, therefore afford this another three or four years in bottle so that those aromatics can find their voice. Tasted June 2017. (Neal Martin)

e.RobertParker.com : 
01.05.2014
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100
Vinforum (Sweden) : 
01.03.2014
 - Note : 

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Oak fermented and very appealing white Pessac-Léognan with elements of citrus, minerals, iodine, green leaves and a hint of oak on the nose. Nicely mellow wine with creamy texture, nice acidity, distinct citrus character also in the mouth, great length and lightly tart and firm finish. Classified top-quality Pessac-Léognan, and potentially at level with the sublime 2001 vintage. Very long-lasting style. Try in 4-6 years.

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2013
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Like Château Coucheroy, this estate belongs to André Lurton, the father of the Pessac-Léognan appellation.  Once again, another of his white wines deserves its classification thanks to fine flavour from beginning to end. The bouquet is complex, elegant and reminiscent of spring flowers and white fruit. There is also a mineral component. The wine is round, rich and full-bodied on the palate, counter-balanced by just the right degree of freshness. Nothing is out of place with this patrician Sauvignon Blanc, which will be excellent with seafood.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2013
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

Very beautiful delicate fruit and plenty of minerality, as well as subtle hints of spice. These qualities continue onto the palate. Full-bodied, dynamic and shows good grip, balance and superb freshness.

Gault et Millau : 
01.09.2013
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

This 2011 is very successful and best enjoyed when it is young, fruity, and with an attractive tautness. The wine is mineral and full of citrus nuances on the palate, accompanied by softer flavours such as honey and honeysuckle. A very beautiful, charming, and well-focused wine with a long aftertaste.

Other : 
05.01.2013

Anthocyanins - The bouquet is intense and fresh, with slight hints of aniseed. Lovely, velvety, rich mouthfeel. Ethereal on the palate. Good length, fine acidity, and a delightful personality. Lovely aftertaste featuring tropical fruit.

Gilbert et Gaillard : 
01.07.2012
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

Light yellow with greenish tints. Nose of lemon and grapefruit. Full mouthfeel, fairly fleshy attack, warm, powerful mid-palate extended by a touch of exuberance.

Gault et Millau : 
01.06.2012
 - Note : 
14.50 / 20

An easy-drinking, crisp Sauvignon blanc with lots of citrus and lemongrass. Highly refreshing, bursts on the palate like a solar flare in a bright blue sky.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.05.2012
 - Note : 
from 13.00 to 14.00 / 20
The Wine Spectator : 
01.04.2012
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 92.00 / 100

Nicely firm, with a lime zest note framing verbena, kiwifruit and green plum flavors. The lively bitter herb finish has excellent cut. (James Molesworth)

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
01.04.2012
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

 

Consumption period

2013 - 2021

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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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