Chateau La Couspaude St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau La Couspaude, St. Emilion , Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes , wine ratings , a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews . If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

The well known Aubert family has a long, successful track record making Bordeaux wine in the appellation. They have been active in St. Emilion for almost two centuries! Chateau La Couspaude has been the Aubert families hands for over 100 years. Today, the 3 Aubert brothers, Alain, Daniel and Jean-Claude, along with their children, Vanessa, Heloïse and Yohann, all work at the families large collection of various estates spread all over the Right Bank in Bordeaux from St. Emilion all the way up to Cotes de Castillon and in other regions as well. Prior to 2005, the wines tended to show too much new oak in the style their Bordeaux wine.  Starting with 2006, the Aubert’s reduced the amount of new oak. They changed the type of oak and further reduced the amount of oak in the 2011 vintage which allows the wine of La Couspaude to express more complexities.

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Located just outside the walled village of St. Emilion heading in the easterly direction, the 7 hectare, Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau La Couspaude in St. Emilion is planted to 75% Merlot , 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon . The vineyard has remained the same size for close to 300 years! The terroir is chalk, clay and limestone soils. The vines are planted to a density of 6,500 vines per hectare at Chateau La Couspaude. The vines have an average age of 30 years. For the vinification of Chateau La Couspaude, the property uses small, oak, fermentation vats after a cold maceration,. Malolactic fermentation takes place in new 100% new, French oak barrels. the wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for between 18 and 20 months.

1995 was the breakout vintage for Chateau La Couspaude and its unique, fleshy, flashy, low acid, sensuous, but oaky, early drinking style of St. Emilion wine. Production of Chateau La Couspaude ranges from 2,000 to 2,500 cases of St. Emilion wine per vintage. There is a second wine , Junior de la Couspaude.

Château La Couspaude Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château La Couspaude

    1. Showing smoke, licorice, espresso bean and dark plums, this wine is fat, forward, lush and low in acid, finishing with dense, dark, plump, red and black fruits.

      91 points - Tasted
  2. 2014 Château La Couspaude

    1. Medium bodied, soft and approachable with a smoky, chocolate covered cherry and fleshy black raspberry note in the finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  3. 2013 Château La Couspaude

    1. Round, soft, medium bodied and approachable, the licorice, espresso bean and black raspberry character is a treat. However, the oak in the finish takes a bit away from the fruit in the end note.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. Garnet in hue, the wine showcases espresso bean, licorice, black cherry and hints of jam in the aromatics. Medium bodied, forward and soft, this easy-drinking wine is infused with cocoa and dark red berries and will be drinkable on release. 88-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  4. 2012 Château La Couspaude

    1. Espresso bean, kirsch, earth, licorice and spice box notes open the perfume. Soft, smooth and forward, this charmer, with its modern leaning and oaky personality will show well young.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. From a blend that resembles the plantings at 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is deep in color. With a nose of coffee bean, licorice, smoke, and jammy blackberries, the wine is lush, fat, forward and filled with coffee and vanilla-tinged, spicy plums. 88-89 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
  5. 2011 Château La Couspaude

    1. The chocolate mint, black cherry, espresso, licorice nose is fun to get to know. On the palate, the wine is lushly textured, but the dryness in the finish takes away from the wine. You can drink this on release.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. This wine is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The family has changed their barrel program. They recently started aging their own wood in special cooperage for 5 years, with the goal being to reduce the dryness and wood flavor sensations. The wine is deep in color with oak, chocolate, coffee, cherry, truffle and earthy aromas. A forward, low-acidity style of wine, the blend is packed with sweet, ripe black cherry and licorice. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  6. 2010 Château La Couspaude

    1. Filled with licorice, fresh brewed espresso, vanilla, black cherries and jam, the wine is fat, forward, fleshy, low in acidity and already fun to drink.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. 2010 La Couspade Oak, coffee, licorice, smoke, chocolate and jammy berries open to a plush, ripe, round wine that should drink well shortly after release. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  7. 2009 Château La Couspaude

    1. Coffee, vanilla, licorice, chocolate covered boysenberry and jammy aromatics are available with little effort. This low acid, plush, Merlot dominated, round wine is already open. This will probably drink best in its first decade of life.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. 2009 Couspade offers licorice, dark berries, smoke, and coffee aromas. Soft and round, this ripe wine with its licorice, cocoa, and black raspberry flavors will drink well early. 88-90 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  8. 2008 Château La Couspaude

    1. Oak, coca, coffee, black cherry and spice aromas open to a Bordeaux wine with a little too much oak. Supple textures and ripe fruit, make this easy to approach and enjoy. But I'd like to see a little less wood.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. 08 Château La Couspaude. La Couspaude is one of the first estates you see on your left after you leave the village of St. Emilion. From clay and limestone soils, La Couspade produces a soft, approachable, round style of wine. That the château is now using less new oak, down from 100% to 80%, should help it preserve more fruit and freshness in the wines. Oak, spice, blackberry, and plum notes are easily found in this appealing, medium bodied wine. The wine finishes with chocolate and raspberry flavors. It will offer pleasure early in life. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  9. 2005 Château La Couspaude

    1. Plush, opulent, oaky and flashy are the hallmarks of the wine. Not very complicated, but a lot of fun to drink. Enjoy this on the young side.

      90 points - Tasted
  10. 1998 Château La Couspaude

    1. Oaky notes, along with ripe red and black fruits with herbs are found on the nose. The texture is light and soft. While there is pleasure to be found, there is not a lot of complexity. Owners should plan on drinking this sooner than later

      89 points - Tasted