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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.


2014 red château Couhins-Lurton bottle
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 75% / Cabernet Sauvignon 25%

Weather

Winter and spring were very mild, but the summer of 2014 did not live up to our expectations: it rained heavily in July, and August was much cooler than usual. However, starting in September, a miraculous Indian summer with high temperatures, was very favourable to ripening.

Tasting Comment

Appareance

Beautiful ruby-red colour.

Nose

A bouquet typical of the red wines of Couhins-Lurton, with ripe fruit (blackberry juice), spice, and liquorice aromas. Slightly smoky overtones add complexity.

Mouth

This largely Merlot-based wine starts out round and sweet on the palate, going on to become more intense, with solid, well-structured tannin providing good backbone. The straightforward aftertaste is fruity and never-ending. Unquestionably a very elegant wine. It makes an ideal accompaniment to rib steak with Bordeaux wine sauce, roast quail, or roast chicken with whole, unpeeled garlic cloves, served with fried mushrooms.

Ratings and reviews

Guide Bettane et Desseauve des vins de France : 
30.08.2017

2018 Edition - Perfectly ripe, intensely-fruity bouquet, with hints of eucalyptus flowers, cocoa, and graphite, vigorous on the palate, with very fresh tannins and aromas, as well as good length and balance. 2017-2024.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
01.04.2017
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

This is a finely perfumed wine. It has a strong sense of structure with its tight tannins. It also has lively crisp red fruits that give both acidity and richness to a wine that will develop well. Drink from 2025. Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits. (Roger Voss)

The Wine Spectator : 
30.03.2017
 - Note : 
90.00 / 100

Web only - Ripe blackberry and black currant fruit is layered with licorice snap and singned alder notes. A tarry spine adds depth and grip to the finish, which fleshes out steadily. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2022

James Suckling : 
13.02.2017
 - Note : 
92.00 / 100

Beautiful cassis and delicate, fresh herbal aromas make this very enticing, and on the palate there’s a great interplay of dry tannins, fresh acidity and fruit; an exciting wine with good ageing potential! Drink in 2020.

Yvesbeck.com : 
01.02.2017
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

Ruby-red with garnet-red highlights. Youthful, fairly concentrated bouquet with refreshing nuances and a pleasant touch of graphite. The wine is elegant and compact on the palate from the very first. It has good body and solid, well-integrated tannin in keeping with the overall structure. It is also quite fruity. The attractive finish displays a hint of liquorice. This delicious wine will benefit from a little ageing. Best enjoyed 2019-2034.

Le Point : 
21.05.2015
 - Note : 
17.00 / 20

En Primeur 2014 - Fresh bouquet with cherry and spicy nuances. Fresh on the palate as well, which is concentrated and broad-based, with velvety tannin and a fair amount of oak. Has good substance and a long aftertaste. (Jacques Dupont)

Le Figaro : 
02.05.2015
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

En Primeur 2014 - A deeply-coloured, fleshy, fairly oaky wine. Attractive, but also serious. The best red Couhins-Lurton ever made. 3-8 years.

eRobertParker.com : 
30.04.2015
 - Note : 
from 87.00 to 89.00 / 100

The Château Couhins-Lurton 2014 has a ripe bouquet with plush blackberry and raspberry fruit, although there is a slight metallic tincture that I hope will disappear by the time of bottling. The palate is medium-bodied with a chewy entry. There is good weight in the mouth but it feels rustic and a little simplistic on the finish. This might gain more harmony throughout its élevage, so I remain cautiously optimistic. Drink : 2018-2030 .

Jean-Marc Quarin : 
30.04.2015

Beautiful, dark, intense colour. Fruity nose with toasty oak. Juicy, tasty, fruity, and fresh on the palate. More tannic than usual on the finish. Average length.

Vino : 
30.04.2015

En Primeur 2014 - Category: excellent.

La Revue du Vin de France : 
27.04.2015

The blend continues to contain a large proportion of Merlot (70%). It is opulent and powerful with some smoky overtones, an attractive toastiness, and rich tannin. Although it many not have the finesse of the best wines of the vintage, it will surely be a treat in a few years. 2014 will be the first vintage sold on a futures basis to Bordeaux négociants.

Bettane et Desseauve : 
24.04.2015

A powerful red wine with good ageing potential, very ripe black-berry fruit and pine aromas, with hints of smoke, dense and rich on the palate, with active tannins and lively acidity.

Decanter : 
13.04.2015
 - Note : 
16.50 / 20

From a blend of 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon partly vinified in barrel. Quite atypical for the appellation with this blend. Big chewy tannins, traces of cocoa, caramel, influence of 50% new oak barrels is clear. Big, enjoyable. Drink: 2020-2028. (Jane Anson)

The Wine Patriote : 
10.04.2015
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 89.00 / 100

En Primeur 2014 - Strawberry, black pepper; long aftertaste. (Antoon Laurent)

Tim Atkin MW : 
09.04.2015
 - Note : 
89.00 / 100
The Wine Spectator : 
31.03.2015
 - Note : 
from 88.00 to 91.00 / 100

Solid, with a good beam of blackberry and black currant fruit, liberally laced with licorice snap and bramble notes. Sweet spice hints fill in on the finish, while the toast stays in the background.

James Suckling : 
24.03.2015
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 91.00 / 100

A wine with a solid core of fruit and firm tannins. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish.Bright and focused.

Consumption period

2017 - 2028

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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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