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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 2008
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 77% / Cabernet Sauvignon 23%.

Weather

The main features this year were humidity and cold. There were heavy rains in April and May (during the vegetative cycle) and a cool summer, especially in June and August. Warm, dry weather in September enhanced ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

The Château Couhins-Lurton Red 2008 shows surprisingly intense violet highlights.

Nose

Upfront, the nose is blackberry and currant, quickly developing signature toasty, smoky notes, and impressive ripe fruit.

Mouth

The palate is supple, thanks to the dominant Merlot in the blend, rich and showing good concentration yet very modern in style, with silky, elegant, classy tannins without a hint of aggressiveness, supported and balanced by the freshness of the 23% Cabernet Sauvignon. Licorice, tobacco and chocolate underpin a long finish. A sensual wine which will continue to develop over the next five years.

Ratings and reviews

Le Point : 
05.09.2013
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Oak and black fruit on the palate. Fresh, straightforward, refined, fairly classy and not over-extracted. Can be enjoyed as of now.

The 2013 Wine & Business Club Guide : 
01.11.2012
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

 Alain Marty -

The great classification of Bordeaux wines 2008 : 
01.10.2012
 - Note : 
14.70 / 20

Deep ruby colour with a crimson halo. Superb expressive aromas of cedar wood, burnt coffee, graphite, star-anise, tobacco and dark chocolate. Very nice elegant taste of roasting coffee and cedar wood. Dense texture. A shame about the finish, metallic and slightly too short. Tasted in 2012.

Guide Hubert : 
01.10.2011

Dense purple colour. Rich, powerful, complex nose of very ripe fruit, balanced oak, spicy notes and a pronounced mineral character. Palate powerful, succulent, balanced, well-crafted, tender fruit, good length and excellent balance.

Decanter : 
19.07.2011
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20
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Of crispness and tension, the acidity is still underlying and augurs well for ageing potential.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
01.04.2011
 - Note : 
89.00 / 100

Soft, very round, already approachable, the wine is flavored with spice, black berry flavors and sweet tannins. Juicy, ripe Merlot for medium-term aging.

Le Guide Hachette : 
02.05.2010
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Vinum : 
30.06.2009
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Attractive floral nose. The palate is elegant, harmonious, pleasingly discreet. 2014-2019.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
15.05.2009
 - Note : 
from 15.00 to 16.00 / 20

Melting nose of black fruits, cloves and spice. On the palate, Couhins-Lurton is clean, powerful, with good fruit and tannins which should mellow. Good potential.

Consumption period

2013 - 2023

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Ground

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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