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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.


2014 white Château Couhins-Lurton label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

Sauvignon 100%

Weather

Winter and spring were very mild, but the summer of 2014 did not live up to our expectations: it rained heavily in July, and August was much cooler than usual. However, starting in September, a miraculous Indian summer with high temperatures, was very favourable to ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Pale yellow colour with delicate silver highlights.

Nose

Citrus and pineapple overtones enhanced by a very attractive hint of vanilla. The bouquet goes on to reveal mineral nuances characteristic of Couhins-Lurton's clay and gravel soil.

Mouth

Vivacious and rich on the palate with attractive freshness. Rather mineral aftertaste with a touch of lime. Ideally, it should be kept for a few years to reach its peak, at which time it will be delightful with fish, seafood, and cheeses.

Ratings and reviews

The Wine Advocate : 
31.08.2017
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Tasted at the André Lurton tasting in London. The 2014 Couhins-Lurton Blanc has a fresh, beeswax and yellow flower-scented bouquet, a touch of yellow plum developing with time. The palate is fresh and crisp with impressive depth and a fine bead of acidity. There is a mixture here of white and yellow fruit and an almost sorbet-like freshness on the finish that is very tempting at this early stage, although it will surely age with style. Tasted June 2017. (Neal Martin)

The Wine Enthusiast : 
01.04.2017
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100
Robert Parker.com : 
31.03.2017
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

The 2014 Couhins-Lurton Blanc has a similar bouquet to the one I encountered out of barrel, with plenty of citrus fruit mixed with yellow flowers. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry: citrus lemon mixed with orange rind and a touch of peach. I love the balance of this white Pessac-Léognan and the energy on the effervescent finish. It punches above my expectation and comes recommended. (Neal Martin)

James Suckling : 
13.02.2017
 - Note : 
93.00 / 100

Green-apple and lemon aromas follow through to a full body. Lots of exotic fruit and vanilla character. Bright finish. Deliciously rich for the vintage. Drink now.

Le Guide Hachette : 
13.09.2016

2017 Edition - Made entirely with Sauvignon Blanc, this resolutely classic 2014 has a fresh, beautifully elegant nose with subtle varietal notes of white flowers, citrus, and lychee underpinned by discreet oak. The citrus flavours extend into a fresh, vivacious aftertaste. The lively acidity promises good ageing potential.

Le Point : 
21.05.2015
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

En Primeur 2014 - Lemon, white peach, and pineapple on the nose. Quite fresh and fruity on the palate with a citrus and white peach aftertaste. (Jacques Dupont)

Le Figaro : 
02.05.2015
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

En Primeur 2014 - A Sauvignon Blanc wine with good concentration, but borderline underripe and showing some greenness. It will age well.

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
01.05.2015
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Pale colour with green highlights. Fruity, vibrant nose. Hints of lemon. Vivacious, fruity, and tasty on the palate, showing lime overtones. Very tight structure but the acidity does not bite. Good length.

eRobertParker.com : 
30.04.2015
 - Note : 
from 86.00 to 88.00 / 100

The Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc 2014 has a charming bouquet: citrus fruit mingling with yellow flowers. The palate is a little shrill on the entry. There is good acidity here and plenty of freshness, but it is just missing that tension and poise on the finish. Still, this will constitute a fine Pessac white for earlier drinking than its peers. Drink : 2016-2019. (Neal Martin)

Vino : 
30.04.2015

En Primeur 2014 - Category: Excellent.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
27.04.2015

A pure Sauvignon Blanc picked from the 3rd to the 19th of September.  The varietal characteristics come through clearly on both the bouquet and the palate with Sauvignon Blanc's typical freshness on the aftertaste. The wine is aged in 1/3 new oak, 1/3 in barrels used for one previous vintage, and 1/3 in barrels used for two previous vintages.  The wine needs another five years to reach its peak.

Decanter : 
14.04.2015
 - Note : 
17.25 / 20

The most ageworthy of the Lurton whites in this year, and the most strongly defined in terms of flavours - lovely fleshy nectarine and apricot, sweet-sour acidities giving persistency to the palate with a clean mineral edge. Highly successful if bracing white wine. Drink: 2015-2020. (Jane Anson)

The Wine Patriote : 
10.04.2015
 - Note : 
89.00 / 100

En Primeur 2014 -(Antoon Laurent)

Tim Atkin MW : 
09.04.2015
 - Note : 
93.00 / 100
The Wine Spectator : 
30.03.2015
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 91.00 / 100

Sel gris and lime zest notes give this zip and energy, while tarragon and chive elements add to the background. Not big, but offers a chiseled feel. (James Molesworth)

James Suckling : 
24.03.2015
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 89.00 / 100

Beautiful apple pie and sliced lemon tart character with a pretty concentration of fruit. Fun and savory.

Consumption period

2016 - 2030

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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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