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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 2011
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 77% / Cabernet Sauvignon 23%.

Weather

Temperatures were much higher than average from February to June, with much less rainfall than usual. There were already signs of drought at the end of Spring.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Deep garnet-red, almost black. The intensity puts this squarely in the category of great wines from the 2011 vintage.

Nose

The bouquet is both subtle and elegant. Although understated for the moment, it is underpinned by black fruit aromas very slightly overwhelmed at this early stage by oak.

Mouth

The wine starts out smooth and very rich on the palate, with flavours reminiscent of black fruit, chocolate, and Virginia tobacco overlaying soft, velvety tannin.  It is quite full-bodied, and so can accompany such dishes as wood pigeon or poultry with chanterelle mushrooms. More adventurous gourmets may wish to enjoy it with sweet and sour dishes. For instance, we have had excellent feedback from Korea regarding crispy chicken with soy sauce...

Ratings and reviews

Le Guide Hachette : 
01.09.2014
 - Note : 

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2015 Edition - Made from 67% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, this 2011 has an expressive, complex bouquet of black fruit, spice, leather, and forest floor. The wine starts off beautifully on the palate, with intense fruit flavours and well-integrated oak. Full-bodied, concentrated, solid, and generous with a very promising future. 2017-2022 / Stew of wood pigeon.

The Wine Spectator : 
31.03.2014

Web only - This has a solid core of red currant and blackberry fruit, gently framed by tobacco leaf and tar notes that let the finish linger. Drink now through 2018. (James Molesworth)

In Vino veritas : 
01.02.2014

Intense, charming, and sophisticated nose with smoky, tarry overtones as well as forest fruit, blackcurrant, and blackberry aromas with musky, spicy nuances. Good and full-bodied on the palate with a fruity, almost juicy impression. Very soft tannin provides a straightforward structure from beginning to end. The balance is good, and there is plenty of grip. The lovely fruit and spiciness goes into a finish with slightly granular tannin. Good length. Complexity: 14+/20. Pleasure provided: 17/20.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
01.05.2012
 - Note : 
from 13.00 to 14.00 / 20

Better-known for its whites, this estate also produces a soft, smooth red on its outlying plots. Mostly Merlot (77%), the 2011 is quite fluid, with a short, taut finish.

The Wine Patriot : 
01.05.2012
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 89.00 / 100
The Wine Spectator : 
10.04.2012
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 90.00 / 100

Fresh and direct, with black cherry preserve and lightly roasted vanilla backed by a polished finish. (James Molesworsth)

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
03.04.2012
 - Note : 
14.75 / 20

Consumption period

2013 - 2026

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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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