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Château Couhins-Lurton Red

Even if Couhins-Lurton is only “Cru Classé” in white, André Lurton and his team make it a point to develop a very noble red wine. Château Couhins-Lurton red has a deep purple colour and an elegant bouquet : black fruits, cherry, tobacco, spices and smoke notes. The wine is ample, powerful and long.


label château Couhins-Lurton red 2005
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 77% / Cabernet Sauvignon 23%.

Weather

The weather was ideal in 2005 and produced a superb vintage in Bordeaux. It was exceptionally dry for the region from winter to autumn. Sunshine was substantial starting in late spring. Summer temperatures were high, but there was nothing approaching a heat wave.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Intense, deep colour with purple nuances.

Nose

A superb Pessac-Léognan made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is very aromatic, with smoky overtones and hints of forest floor and red fruit that blossom in the glass.

Mouth

It displays all the hallmarks of this great vintage : superb balance, power and elegance. A beautiful, very classic and fine Bordeaux still showing some oak influence that will undoubtedly integrate over time. This wine is nevertheless charming to drink as of now.

Ratings and reviews

Robert Parker : 
30.06.2015
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Another property belonging to André Lurton, this relatively obscure estate in Pessac-Léognan has produced a dense purple wine with pure black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, licorice, medium to full body, sweet tannin and loads of spice and earth. This is a beauty and possibly the best Couhins-Lurton red I have ever tasted. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. A sleeper of the vintage. Drink: 2015 – 2030.

Other : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

- The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide (Alain Marty) -

Decanter : 
01.12.2009
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20
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Highly recommended - Spritely red fruit aromas. Freshness on the palate and firm but smooth tannins. From 2010.

Decanter : 
01.12.2008
 - Note : 
16.66 / 20
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Spritely, lifted, red-fruit aromas. Marked freshness on the palate and fine, firm, but smooth tannins. From 2010-2016.

Decanter : 
01.09.2008

Silver Medal - Enveloping aromas of cassis and spice. Complex. Luscious, flowing, ripe but not heady with a long, toasty, fruity finish.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.10.2007
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Smoky, ample nose. Good, upright palate, the wine is flavourful and classy. Accomplished style, needs time to mellow.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.02.2007
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Best French Wines 2007 - The fruit of a fine vintage, "en primeur" the 2005 was showing dense and elegant, with good length.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.06.2006
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This full-bodied wine shows attractive liquorice oak.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.06.2006
 - Note : 
7.50 / 10

Carnets dégustation - Dense, full and long.

Le Point : 
11.05.2006
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Attractive floral nose with hints of crushed cherry. Velvety palate; open, rich tannins. Succulent and delicate. O = 2010 - G = 15 years. (Jacques Dupont)

The Wine Spectator : 
01.05.2006
 - Note : 
from 89.00 to 91.00 / 100

This is very, very silky with gorgeous tannins and delicious fruit. Full balanced and inviting. Wonderfully crafted. On the higher end of this score range. (James Suckling)

The Wine Advocate : 
01.05.2006
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 90.00 / 100

I have always adored this small estate's 100% sauvignon blanc, and their relatively new red wine cuvée has been terrific. A potential sleeper of the vintage. It offers sumptuous aromas of sweet cherries and toasty barrique followed by a delicious, fleshy, supple-textured personality. It should calm down in the bottle and last for 10-15 years. (Robert Parker)

Medals

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Argent
Decanter World Wine Awards 2008

Consumption period

2013 - 2020

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Surface

16.00 ha

Soil

Gravel.

Winemaking

Grape harvest

By hand

Others

Graft stock

101.14 - 3309C - Riparia

Plant food

Traditional, limited impact.

Plant density

8,500 vines per hectare.

Wine average age

25 years old

Grape variety

Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pruning type

Double guyot with debudding.

Fermentation

In stainless-steel temperature controlled tanks with patented cap-breaking system.

Fermentation temperature

28 to 30°C

Malolactic

Yes

Wine maturing

For 12 months in oak barrels (40% new) with racking.

Wine montage

Eggwhites

Maturing potential

Subject to vintage, expressive after 3 to 5 years, can age 10 to 15 years.

Oenologist consultant

Michel ROLLAND

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