Chateau Coufran Haut Medoc Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Coufran1 300x223 Chateau Coufran Haut Medoc Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Coufran Haut Medoc with tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn about the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Coufran History, Overview

Chateau Coufran dates back at least to the mid 1700’s. The vineyard first garnered notice close to the end of the 18th century when it was owned by the Baron Hector de Brane, who is best known for creating Chateau Brane Mouton, which we know of today as Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

However, the true modern era for Chateau Coufran starts much more recently, when the property was purchased by the Miailhe family in 1924. Prior to that sale, Chateau Coufran had remained in the hands of the same owners, the Celerier family, who had owned the vineyard since 1868.

The Miailhe family were already well established in the Bordeaux wine trade at the time as they were both negociants and they also owned several other Cru Bourgeois chateaux located in the Medoc.

The Miailhe family has been active in Bordeaux since 1793. In fact, at one time, they were owners of Chateau Pichon Lalande in Pauillac and in the Margaux appellation, they own Chateau Palmer and Chateau Siran.

It’s interesting to note that it was the Miailhe family who were responsible for planting the preponderance of Merlot in all three of their previously named vineyards. As you will see, they really committed to the Merlot grape variety at Coufran.

Chateau Coufran Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 76 hectare, Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Coufran is planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is situated in the northern portion of the Medoc, not far from St. Estephe. In fact, they are perhaps the most northerly vineyard in the Haut Medoc, giving them a cooler terroir.

What makes Chateau Coufran noteworthy is, the vineyard maintains one of the highest percentages of Merlot planted in the Medoc. However, Chateau Coufran did not always have that much Merlot in their vineyards. The vineyard has a terroir of gravel, rock and clay soil.

In fact, until the 1930’s the plantings at Coufran were similar to most other Medoc estates. The owner of Chateau Coufran at the time, the Miailhe family were tired of having so many problems getting the Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen year after year.

Plus Merlot is more vigorous and ripens earlier. So he ripped out the Cabernet Sauvignon and planted Merlot, hoping that this would help them obtain riper fruit and higher yields. On average the vines are 40 years of age. However, their vineyard also has older vines, some of which are more than 50 years old. The vineyard is planted to an average vine density of 8,000 vines per hectare.

For the vinification of Chateau Coufran, the wine is fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine is aged in an average of 25% new, French oak barrels for about 12 months. There is a second wine, La Rose Marechale.

They have a fairly large production here. On average the estate produces close to 35,000 cases of Chateau Coufran per vintage.

In 1999 Chateau Coufran brought in Olivier Seze of Chateau Charmail to consult on the winemaking and vineyard management, which turned out to be a good idea, as the wines have shown some improvement over the years. In fact, they have never been better.

When to Drink Chateau Coufran, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Coufran needs some time before it can be enjoyed. 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 Coufran is usually better with at least 6-9 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Coufran offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 6-14 years of age after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Coufran with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Coufran is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

The wine of Chateau Coufran is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Coufran is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

Château Coufran Wine Tasting Notes

13 Vintages 35,105 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2018Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)86

Forward, direct, simple, Merlot-dominated Medoc that will be easy to drink on release. 85-87 Pts

1,241 Views   Tasted
2017Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)85

Round, soft textured and simple, you'll find red fruits in a forward style. Truly without faults, this is already easy to imbibe.

1,518 Views   Tasted
2016Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)84

Medium-bodied, lean, bright wine with a core of crisp red fruit.

1,734 Views   Tasted

Medium-bodied with an earthy tobacco and dark cherry profile, this wine is simple with an early-drinking style.

1,825 Views   Tasted 86
2015Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)84

Forward, with a light, red plum and cherry profile, dusty tannins and a simple, direct, red berry finish for early drinking pleasure.

1,512 Views   Tasted

Forward, medium bodied, with good color and a simple, plum and tart cherry profile for early drinking pleasure. 84 - 86 Pts

2,155 Views   Tasted 85
2014Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)85

Medium bodied, forward, simple and direct, with a rustic, dark, red fruit finish.

2,494 Views   Tasted
2013Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)83

Lean, light and bright, with a focus on its fresh, lively, red berry character.

1,526 Views   Tasted
2012Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)86

Simple, easy drinking Merlot based wine, with an espresso bean, black cherry, thyme and cocoa character.

2,056 Views   Tasted

With the highest percentage of Merlot planted in the Medoc, the estate was able to produce a medium bodied, coffee, cherry, herb and earthy wine that will be at its best on release. 84-86 Pts

3,553 Views   Tasted 85
2011Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)83

Rustic tannins which leave a drying impression with its tart and sweet bright red fruit, herbs and strong espresso bean nose.

2,061 Views   Tasted
2010Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)85

From the highest percentage of Merlot in the Left Bank, while there are no faults in the wine, there is no real character or personality either. This is a wine to drink on the young side. The wine ws produced from a blend of 85% Merlot andf 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

3,397 Views   Tasted
2009Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)85

This Merlot dominated wine is uncomplicated, slightly rustic, medium bodied and forward in style.

3,021 Views   Tasted
2008Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)84

Medium bodied, with earth and cherry tones, this uncomplicated wine ends with a rustic texture in the finish.

2,288 Views   Tasted
2006Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)80

Strict, medium-bodied, almost light wine with lean red fruits in its core and rustic tannins in the finish.

1,989 Views   Tasted
2005Château Coufran  (Haut-Médoc)86

Too much oak for the black cherry dominated, round wine leaves this feeling far too woody at the moment. Perhaps time will help this come together, if the oak fades.

2,735 Views   Tasted