Nos vins 2017 - Couhins-Lurton
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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 of 2018 Château Couhins-Lurton white
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Elegant and Fruity

Grape blend

Sauvignon 100%

Weather

2018 was one of the warmest years since 1900, featuring above-average temperatures, the second hottest summer to date, and abundant sunshine… Heavy rainfall in the first half of the year was followed by persistent, near-record drought conditions in September.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Pale yellow colour with golden highlights.

Nose

The nose is powerful and wonderfully complex, revealing delicious aromas of white fruit (green apple, pear), enhanced by a touch of lemon zest.

Mouth

Starts out juicy on the palate. A very well-balanced, elegant wine with remarkable aromas. Vivaciousness and freshness are the watchwords here. This wine is best enjoyed with scallops and leak fondue, monkfish cooked in saffron sauce and cheese platters.

Ratings and reviews

Decanter : 
05.05.2020
 - Note : 
93.00 / 100

Fruitier in character than the preceding two vintages, with evident white peach, citrus and savoury pear. This is juicy and enjoyable with a silky finish. A yield of 35hl/ha. Harvest between 27 August and 11 September. Drinking Window 2020 - 2027. (Jane Anson)

The Wine Spectator : 
31.03.2020
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

Bright and fresh, with a lively stream of lemon curd, verbena and honeysuckle flavors, backed by a subtle twinge of fleur de sel through the finish. Drink now through 2023.

The Wine Doctor : 
23.04.2019
 - Note : 
from 91.00 to 93.00 / 100

Lots of Sauvignon character on the nose here, not surprising given that the white vineyards are planted exclusively to Sauvignon Blanc. It has a firm herbal twist, with a pine needle note coming to the fore. There follows a cool, energetic and lightly spritzy style on the palate, which gives it a real sense of life, with ripe flavours of white peach, apricot stone, lychee and salty minerals. The mark of 2018, perceptible but really rather low-key acidity, is evident here though. Having said that, this is one of the more energetic wines in this vintage, despite having that rather subtle structure. (Chris Kissack)

James Suckling : 
07.04.2019
 - Note : 
from 93.00 to 94.00 / 100

Another dense and structured white with sliced greenapple and pear-skin character. Lemon zest, too. Full and vivid with phenolic tension. Excellent for the vintage.

Consumption period

2020 - 2035

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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

Valérie LAVIGNE

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