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.

label of 2018 Château Couhins-Lurton red
Appellation : Pessac-Léognan

Wine style

Rich and Powerful

Grape blend

Merlot 100%


2018 was one of the warmest years since 1900, featuring above-average temperatures, the second hottest summer to date, and abundant sunshine… Heavy rainfall in the first half of the year was followed by persistent, near-record drought conditions in September.

Tasting Comment


Brilliant, clear, intense, and very deep purple colour scattered with almost black highlights.


The expressive nose is dominated by delicious notes of black and red fruit (cherry), with delicate oak nuances.


Starts off smooth, becoming round and sweet, making for a particularly enjoyable wine. Black fruit aromas follow through to the palate, accompanied by hints of well-integrated oak, culminating in a lovely fruity finish.  All in all, an elegant wine with good ageing potential. It is the perfect partner for beef fillet, cep mushroom ravioli, or pheasant stuffed with foie gras.

Ratings and reviews

Decanter : 
 - Note : 
94.00 / 100

Gorgeous wine, full of plump damson fruits with salinity on the finish and again a sense of poise that this the estate is delivering far more consistently since 2014. A yield of 43hl/ha. 50% new oak. Michel Rolland consults. Easily as good as the 2016, but with a sense of unmistakable pleasure. Drinking Window 2024 – 2044. (Jane Anson)

The wine cellar insider : 
 - Note : 
from 90.00 to 92.00 / 100

(Jeff Leve)

Wine Doctor : 
 - Note : 
from 91.00 to 93.00 / 100

The vineyard at Couhins-Lurton is planted exclusively to Merlot, so no prizes for guessing the assemblage here. The nose is all perfumed black plum, dusted with chalk and scets of peony. The palate is nicely textured, correct, polished, rather plump, with a firm grip of rich, chocolate -tinged tannins, supporting dried cherry fruits. Rich, bold, confident and laden with grip, this is a good result, one which will need some time to shake off those tannins. The élevage will be in 40% to 50% new oak, for 12 months.(Chris Kissack)

James Suckling : 
 - Note : 
from 92.00 to 93.00 / 100

A firm and chewy red with lots of blackberry and salty undertones. Full and flavorful. Better than 2016 and 2015?

Consumption period

2022 - 2031

Our suggestions




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.

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