Nos vins 2017 - Couhins-Lurton
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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.

2016 red Château Couhins-Lurton label
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 85% / Cabernet Sauvignon 15%


2016 was one of the finest vintages in the past 20 years. Winter was exceptionally wet and mild, and it rained a great deal in spring until June. However, the weather changed radically in mid-June, turning warm and quite dry, with cool nights. Ideal conditions for growing excellent wine grapes!

Tasting Comment


Its brilliant, deep colour is almost garnet-red.


The bouquet is beautifully complex, with ripe, slightly jammy, black-berry fruit (blackberry, black plum) and toasty overtones.The bouquet is beautifully complex, with ripe, slightly jammy, black-berry fruit (blackberry, black plum) and toasty overtones.


On the palate, it is particularly attractive, elegant wine, offering an initial impression of softness, lovely length and remarkable concentration, as well as subtle balance… all indicative of its excellent ageing potential. It makes an ideal foil for roast duck with cranberries or pork tenderloin with mushrooms.

Ratings and reviews

The Wine chronicles : 
 - Note : 
91.00 / 100

A slight vanilla aspect on the nose also conveys dark fruit. I like the breadth on the palate, with dark fruit and plum. There is Cabernet structure. It lacks the focus and length of some of the top wines here; but a nice wine indeed. (Panos Kakaviatos)

The Wine Advocate : 
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 92.00 / 100

The 2016 Couhins-Lurton has what you might describe as a sedate bouquet with blackberry, black olive and light smoky scents. It only gradually unfurls in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannin and well-judged acidity. This feels very harmonious and although the finish shows a little too much new oak, I suspect that this will mature into a really quite gorgeous Pessac-Léognan. (Neal Martin) : 
 - Note : 
15.50 / 20

Thick and sweet and a bit over the top and unsophisticated. Scrawny tannins on the end. When to drink : 2020 – 2026.

The Wine Enthusiast : 
 - Note : 
from 94.00 to 96.00 / 100

This wine is ripe, spicy and full of tannins. It is impressive, with nice complexity and a firm structure that suggest a great future. (Roger Voss)

Decanter : 
 - Note : 
93.00 / 100

The 16ha jewel in André Lurton's Pessac-Léognan crown, Couhins-Lurton is on gravelly soils planted to 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. It carries itself extremely well, a lovely wine with tension and grace. Supremely elegant blackberry and damson fruits on the palate, this is sure to age beautifully and is still a reasonable price. 12 months in barrel with up to 75% new oak. Drinking Window 2025 – 2040. (Jane Anson)

James Suckling : 
 - Note : 
from 91.00 to 92.00 / 100

Full and tannic now as it should be with blackberry, currant and wet-earth character. Impressive intensity

Consumption period

2018 - 2035

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16.00 ha




Grape harvest

By hand


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.


In stainless-steel temperature controlled tanks with patented cap-breaking system.

Fermentation temperature

28 to 30°C



Wine maturing

For 12 months in oak barrels (40% new) with racking.

Maturing potential

Subject to vintage, expressive after 3 to 5 years, can age 10 to 15 years.

Oenologist consultant

Michel ROLLAND and Mikaël LAIZET