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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 2010
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 77% / Cabernet Sauvignon 23%.

Weather

Winter was harsh (many days with frost) and spring rather chilly. There was a great deal of sunshine in 2010 and a long period of drought from 21 June to late September, which was favourable for ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Classified a great growth for its white wine, Couhins-Lurton's red wine is also on a par with the crus classés. The 2010 vintage has a deep, intense, black colour.

Nose

The bouquet reveals notes of very ripe black fruit (blackcurrant, plum and blackberry) with an empyreumatic character that comes through even more when the wine is swirled in the glass.

Mouth

 This wine is full-bodied and generous on the palate with rich, smooth tannin.  It also has a beautiful velvety texture, without a trace of heaviness.  Oak ageing is evident, but very much under control, and contributes toasty nuances that continue into the long aftertaste. This wine will be at its best in the next four or five years and make a brilliant accompaniment to game, duck and red meats... or even a dark chocolate fondue !

Ratings and reviews

In Vino Veritas : 
01.02.2014
 - Note : 
16.00 / 20

Understated nose that just about reveals its concentration and complexity at this stage. Smoky, slightly  tarry aromas, along with notes of vanilla pod, caramel, and meat, as well as aniseed, fresh menthol and plenty of jammy fruit. Very good, concentrated, tight and firm on the palate. Starts our fairly austere, but seems to unwind to reveal its fruit – as well as its alcohol. Good balance and grip, with a suitably long aftertaste. Needs to age  to reveal its full potential. Complexity: 15-/20.

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2013
 - Note : 

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Although only the white wine of this château located on the outskirts of the city of Bordeaux is classified, the red wine is also quite good, as illustrated by this vintage made with 70% Merlot. Less ambitious than the 2009, but well made, this 2010 has a deep, dark colour. The complex bouquet is marked by barrel ageing with hints of hazelnut and roasted aromas, but there are also red and black fruit nuances mixed with a touch of leather. The wine shows plenty of substance on the palate from the very beginning. It is smooth and round, with ripe, silky tannin. It is also foursquare, but not hard, with a linear aftertaste, and will age well for the next five years.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
01.09.2013
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Le Guide des vins de France 2014 - Intense fruit with subtle spicy and menthol overtones accompanied by well-integrated oaky nuances. Concentrated on the palate. Great texture thanks to rich tannin. Long, well-balanced aftertaste. This wine has everything it takes to age well.

The Wine Spectator : 
01.09.2013
 - Note : 
89.00 / 100

Web site - Offers a winey core, offering cassis, dark plum and blackberry fruit lined with graphite and ganache. Stays focused and sleek through the finish, with fruit and minerality allied to each other. Solid, if just a touch shy on depth. Best from 2014 through 2022. (James Molesworth)

The Wine Enthusiast : 
01.05.2013
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

Buying Guide - A complex wine with firm acidity and ripe black currant notes. The fruit is juicy, and the palate finely structured. the small property, owned by André Lurton, is improving with every vintage. (Roger Voss)

James Sucking : 
06.03.2013
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

Fresh and clean aromas of plums and berries follow through to a full body with polished and velvety tannins and a long and succulent finish. Delicious already but better in 2018.

Anthocyanins : 
05.01.2013

Sustained oak slightly overshadows the fruit and spice aromas. Well-balanced, with good tannic structure, perhaps a little too much? The oak adds complexity.

Gilbert et Gaillard : 
01.07.2011
 - Note : 
89.00 / 100
La Revue du Vin de France : 
14.05.2011
 - Note : 
from 14.50 to 15.50 / 20

Deep colour contrasting with a soft palate and melting oak (no malolactic fermentation in barrel).

Bettane et Desseauve : 
02.05.2011
 - Note : 
14.00 / 20

Simple but well-crafted and pleasant, attractive jammy nose, with floral and smoky notes. Smooth, with elegant tannins and a crisp finish.

Le Point : 
01.05.2011
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Redcurrant, cherry, soft, fresh, mellow, opulent tannins, taut and lively, attractive fruit. Drink from 2014. Should last 12 years. (Jacques Dupont)

The Wine Spectator : 
12.04.2011
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 90.00 / 100

Soft, with a light raisiny edge to the blackberry and cherry pie notes, followed by a rounded, toasty finish. (James Molesworth)

Consumption period

2013 - 2025

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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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