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Chateau Couhins Lurton History, Overview
What we know of as Chateau Couhins-Lurton today dates back to the 1700’s when it was known as La Gravette Bourdieu. However, the modern era for Chateau Couhins-Lurton begins with the previous owner, the Gasqueton family, better known for owning Chateau Calon Segur in St. Estephe leased the property to the established Lurton family in 1967.
1967 marked the first vintage for the Lurton family at Chateau Couhins-Lurton. At the time, the production of Chateau Couhins was devoted to white wine.In fact, Chateau Couhins-Lurton is one of three Bordeaux estates that was only classified only for its white Bordeaux wine. In 1968, the original Couhins vineyard was divided into two parts.
The Gasqueton family sold the majority of the vineyards to the INRA, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique. The chateau and wine cellars were sold to another party.
Chateau Couhins Lurton The Modern Age
The Lurton family retained the rights to lease a portion of the vineyard, provided they rename the property, Couhins-Lurton. Andre Lurton purchased the vineyards over a period of time, in 1992 and then again in 2002, when the Lurton family was able to fully own the vineyard.
They purchased the original chateau that same year as well. This branch of the Lurton family owns several other Bordeaux Chateau including Chateau Dauzac in Margaux and Chateau La Louviere in Pessac Leognan. It’s interesting to note that the wines of Couhins-Lurton were actually made in La Louviere until 2001, when the estate added its own winery.
In 1994, Chateau Couhins-Lurton began producing red wine at the estate for the first time in almost 100 years. Interestingly, during much of the 19th century, Chateau Couhins-Lurton made mostly red wine. For 8 years, the red wines came from a combination of the estate’s vineyards and those of another Lurton owned vineyard, Chateau Coucheroy.
That changed in 2002, when the entire red wine production came exclusively from the vineyards of Chateau Couhins-Lurton. 2003 marked an interesting experiment when the estate became the first classified growth to bottle their wine using the Stelvin screw cap enclosure. In 2008, Couhins-Lurton was completely renovated from top to bottom.
The next important and newsworthy move for the Lurton family took place in 2012, when they entered into a business arrangement with the French bank Credit Agricole, who invested in the property.
In 2013, Chateau La Louviere hired Michel Rolland as their consultant in an effort to improve the wines and bring more attention to the estate. Denis Dubourdieu was named the consultant for the white wines and Michel Rolland was retained to consult on the red wines.
Chateau Couhins Lurton Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 25 hectare vineyard of Chateau Couhins-Lurton is planted for red and white wine grapes. 19 hectares are reserved for the red wine grapes which are planted to 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir is gravel and sand soils.
6 hectares are used for the production of white Bordeaux wine. The only white wine grape planted here is Sauvignon Blanc. In fact, the estate is one of the few Pessac Leognan vineyards planted with a single grape varietal. The white wine vines are planted to a vine density of 6,500 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are 17 years of age. The terroir is a mix of gravel, sand and limestone soils.
To produce the white wine of Chateau Couhins Lurton, vinification takes place in barrel. There is no skin contact or malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged on its lees for between 9 to 10 months in an average of 30% new, French oak barrels. On average, close to 2,500 cases of white wine are produced at the estate each vintage.
The red wine of Chateau Couhins Lurton is vinified in a combination of temperature controlled, traditional, cement vats and temperature controlled stainless tanks. The wine is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for about 12 months, which varies, depending on the quality and character of the vintage. Close to 5,000 cases of red wine are produced each vintage.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Couhins Lurton are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005 and 2000. Although it is important to note that vintages can vary as to their quality between the white wine and the reds with as in some years, the reds are markedly better and in other vintages the whites are superior.
Chateau Couhins-Lurton produces a correct, lighter style of Pessac Leognan that drinks well young that will please some tasters much more than others. The white wines are more interesting than the red wines from this estate.
When to Drink Chateau Couhins-Lurton, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Couhins-Lurton can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Couhins-Lurton is usually better with at least 3-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Couhins-Lurton offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 7-14 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Couhins Lurton, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Couhins Lurton is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau Couhins Lurton is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted. braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Couhins Lurton is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
The white wine of Chateau Couhins Lurton is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal and cheese.
Château Couhins-Lurton Wine Tasting Notes
23 Vintages 43,109 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2019||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Bright pomelo, flowers, vanilla and green apple aromas smell great! Fresh and lively on the palate with a crisp, sweet, juicy yellow citrus finish is what you will find here. 90-92 Pts
2,345 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2019||Château Couhins-Lurton (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium-bodied, soft, refined, sweet red cherries, with a hint of smoke, already show well. Light, but pure, this will be fine with just a bit of aging to add complexity. 89-91 Pts
1,514 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Couhins-Lurton (Pessac-Léognan)|
With a nice depth of color, the elegant wine delivers ample, soft, sweet, ripe, smoky, refined red fruits on the nose and palate.
268 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
More than just the cherry pipe tobacco nose, you'll also find supple polished, ripe red fruits, soft tannins and a spicy, red fruit-filled finish. 90-92 Pts
965 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
The just squeezed yellow citrus pops with lift, allowing the sweetness to shine through in this forward, medium-bodied, early-drinking wine.
1,187 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fresh and floral, with a sweet, lemon peel character, the wine is a great example of an easy drinking, white Bordeaux blanc with character.
1,320 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Couhins-Lurton (Pessac-Léognan)|
You'll find an earthy, elegant, fresh, bright, sweet and tart, smoky wine, which is medium bodied with a sharp cherry note in the finish.
1,162 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Crisp lemon, flowers, green apple and grapefruit come together to create a lively, fresh, crisp splash in your glass.
1,469 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
|2016||Château Couhins-Lurton (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied, with, smoky, red fruits and spice in a user friendly style.
1,360 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fresh grapefruit, white peach and lemon notes appear with little trouble. The wine is juicy, sweet, fresh and vibrant.
1,814 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Fresh grapefruit, lemon peel and green apple, combining sweetness, crisp refreshing acidity and a stony, yellow citrus filled finish.
1,425 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2016
|2015||Château Couhins-Lurton (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied, forward, easy drinking wine, with a red fruit, herb and leafy character. The wine is elegant, classic and fresh.
1,370 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
|2014||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Crisp, fresh, yellow citrus with more pomelo than not, freshness and a stony, lemon and grapefruit finish are what you find here. Very food friendly wine.
1,350 Views Tasted May 21, 2017
|2014||Château Couhins-Lurton (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied, forward, easy drinking light style of Bordeaux with red berries, smoke and soft, tannins. This is already drinking well.
1,483 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2017
|2013||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fresh grapefruit, lemon peel and green apple help to combine sweetness, crisp refreshing acidity and a stony, yellow citrus filled finish.
1,298 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Medium bodied, with a grapefruit and lemon peel character, drink this fresh citrusy wine on the young side. 88-90 Pts
1,559 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2014
|2012||Château Couhins-Lurton (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied, light in style, with a fresh, bright, red berry character, with spice and softness in the finish.
1,511 Views Tasted Jul 6, 2015
|2012||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fully mature, easy-drinking yellow and orange citrus oriented wine that is slowly fading.
1,321 Views Tasted Aug 24, 2020
|2011||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Medium bodied, fresh, bright, crisp, lively, lemon peel, wax, grapefruit, cara cara orange, stone and freshly cut grass aromatics are the first thing you notice. This is a very, bright, fresh and refreshing style of wine with a strong grapefruit component. It's one of the few Pessac Loegnan white wines made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
1,917 Views Tasted Sep 25, 2016
|2010||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fully mature, taking on more gold tone to its hue, the wine is medium-bodied, with luscious yellow citrus, green apple, a dab of honey, flowers and stone. Drink this over the next few years.
1,719 Views Tasted Apr 30, 2020
|2009||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fresh citrus, crushed rock and green apple scents are just great on the nose. On the palate, the wine waxy lemon with just a hint of honey hits the spot. Fully mature, this is ready for drinking.
1,771 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2019
Medium bodied, with pomello, tangerine and lime notes in a fresh, easy to drink style.
1,887 Views Tasted Oct 29, 2014
|2008||Château Couhins-Lurton (Pessac-Léognan)|
Fully developed, you find tobacco, espresso and red fruits on the nose. Medium bodied, fresh and bright, there is a leafy, minty edge to red cherries and plums in the finish.
1,011 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
|2008||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Really nice nose, with loads of waxy, yellow citrus and green apple. The wine has retained its freshness, leaving you with a waxed lemon impression in the finish.
994 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
|2007||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Light in fruit and body, the bright, citrus powered wine is starting to fade and requires consumption sooner than later.
1,969 Views Tasted Dec 11, 2017
|2005||Château Couhins-Lurton (Pessac-Léognan)|
Ready to go, medium bodied, elegant, finesse styled, Pessac Leognan, with a tobacco, cherry and earthy character, soft textures and a good feeling of freshness in the earthy, light, spicy, red berry finish. This is in a nice style, and if it had a bit more density, it would be even better.
1,998 Views Tasted Oct 20, 2016
|1998||Château Couhins-Lurton Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)|
Clearly starting to fade, as the fruits seem diminished and the acidities are more prominent. Still, if one looks, the remaining vanilla, apricot, orange marmalade and honeysuckle that is still there, is quite nice. This requires drinking sooner than later
2,340 Views Tasted Nov 28, 2016