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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 2009
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 77% / Cabernet Sauvignon 23%.

Weather

While January and February were colder than average, 2009 was nevertheless a warm year (one of the warmest in a century). There was a great deal of sunshine and a remarkable drought during the summer months.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Intense, black rimmed with violet.

Nose

The nose is dominated by the fruit : the ripe black cherry and blackberry aromas are intense but delicately highlighted by mild tobacco and lightly roasted notes. Very skillful barrel aging allows the oak to blend perfectly as a counterpoint to the fruit.

Mouth

Very smooth, appears fat and soft… The tannins are ripe, melting and remarkably dense. Often described as jammy, but there are also spices and mild tobacco in the mix. The finish is long and lingering, with fruit that coats the palate. Very promising, this is a wine to drink in two or three years with slow-cooked or roast meats. Delightful with confit. (January, 2012)

Ratings and reviews

Cuisine et Vins de France : 
01.09.2014

We would be remiss in writing about the city of Bordeaux without mentioning the Pessac-Léognan appellation because the town’s restaurateurs have a soft spot for this vineyard region located just a few minutes from the city limits. Belonging to André Lurton, this estate, known for the quality of its white wines, also produces rather ethereal reds, even in the sunny 2009 vintage, and shows good balance.

In Vino Veritas : 
01.02.2014

Smoky nose with hints of vanilla and pepper followed by jam and wine sauce nuances, along with an exotic touch of cedar and a suggestion of candied orange peel. Beautiful, full-bodied, and unctuous yet ethereal on the palate from the very first to the finish, with a smooth texture like a linen sheet. Generous, with flavours of fresh fruit, stewed fruit, and meat sauce on the middle palate, going on to reveal more freshness on the aftertaste. Beautiful balance in this hot vintage, and the wine avoids any excess. Fine suitably long aftertaste. Complexity: 14+/20. Pleasure provided 17/20.

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
10.01.2014
 - Note : 
15.75 / 20

Dark, lively color of average intensity. Superb nose of fruit and truffle, with a hint of caramel. Soft, silky, svelte, fruity, and tasty on the palate. Almost Burgundian in style. Really beautiful aftertaste with soft tannin. A wine that shines more for its flavours than its body. Unusual. 2016-2030.

Anthonyrosewine.com : 
23.02.2013
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Good deep color, a tad rustic and smoky/oaky on the nose, attractive sweet cassis fruit middle with nice juicy fresh acidity and fairly robust firm tannins on the finish. Very well-crafted, medium bodied and still primary.

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

The estate was considerably renovated after it was acquired by André Lurton in 1992. The 17 hectares of red wine varieties, Merlot (77%) and Cabernet Sauvignon, grow on gravel soil, and the 6 hectares of white wine varieties, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, grow on sandy-gravel soil with a limestone subsoil. The red and white wines are aged in barrel for 12 months (50-75% new for the red wines). (Alain Marty)

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2012
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Located on the outskirts of Bordeaux in Villenave d'Ornon, this estate,  owned in the 17th century by a notary and known as "Bourdieu de la Gravette", was already highly regarded in 1959,  year of the Graves Classification. Today, along with La Louvière, it is one of André Lurton's flagship estates. Classified for its whites, it also produces excellent reds, very nearly awarded a Coup de Coeur.  Majority (70%) Merlot, this wine shows all the elegance of its native terroir, skillfully crafted and matured.  Its gorgeous colour is still fringed with deep purple,  the nose powerfully rich and complex, as is the palate. Heady, toasty oak upfront gives way to jammy black fruit;  the wine's imposing structure and concentration do not overshadow its silky texture.  A long finish, still closed, confirms the aging potential of this fine wine, to be enjoyed in another four or five years.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2012
 - Note : 
15.00 / 20

Le Guide des vins de France 2013 - Rich, exuberant, bouquet of very ripe red fruit as well as well-integrated oak. Tasty, fresh, aromatic and balanced on the palate. Very well-made.

The Wine Spectator : 
31.03.2012

This has good vivacity and cut, offering a range of linzer torte, black currant, tar, alder and singed iron notes, with a long, racy graphite edge on the finish. Shows excellent range. Should unwind nicely in the cellar. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2020. 2,025 cases made. (James Molesworth)

Le Point : 
15.05.2010
 - Note : 
14.50 / 20

Black fruit, soft palate, a touch of oak, opulent, supple, delicious, melting tannins, the finish is a little coarser, not much acidity, totally soft. Begin drinking in 2014. Keep age for at least 10 years. (Jacques Dupont)

Jancisrobinson.com : 
17.04.2010
 - Note : 
17.50 / 20

Really very subtle on the nose with some development at the rim and it has been judged just right - both texture and flavour are great. Better than many a grand cru. So much pleasure and balance. Opulent but not sweet or fat or raisined. Drink 2016-2028.

The Wine Spectator : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
from 91.00 to 94.00 / 100

Loads of crushed sweet berries on the nose, with fresh herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, polished and soft texture on the end. And plenty of fruit. So pretty. Really impressive red from here. (James Suckling)

Decanter : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20
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Dense red, attractively aromatic red summer fruits, crushed red/black fruit on the palate, elegant and expressive, nice smooth texture, good fresh acidity, will show well quite early on. Drink 2012-17.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
15.04.2010
 - Note : 
from 15.00 to 15.50 / 20

Great Success. A little less "Merlot" than usual. Smooth tannins, generous palate with black fruit notes (blackberry, prune…) doesn't tip over into over-ripeness.

Consumption period

2013 - 2024

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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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