At the end of the 17th century, Chateau Couhins-Lurton appeared in history, peacefully traversing the centuries thanks to the good care of the Blanchereau family. In 1959, the estate was recognized for the quality of its white wines, entering the INAO (National Institute of origin and quality) classification of Graves Classified Growths. On the other hand, lower quantities of red wines are produced. When, in 1967, Andre Lurton caught wind of a vine uprooting project on the chateau’s soils, he did not hesitate to rent the plots of the estates in question and, in 1992, he succeeded in acquiring the whole estate. He then embarked on the ambitious project of restoring the chateau’s reputation by putting the spotlight on traditional red grape varieties, such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Chateau Couhins-Lurton covers 21 hectares of vines in Villenave d’Ornon. Deeply rooted in the Pessac-Leognan appellation, the estate benefits from an exceptional terroir at the heart of the Graves region and an oceanic climate characterised by its mildness. The 2020 Chateau Couhins-Lurton comes from 6 hectares of 27-year-old white vines which cover a gentle slope, descending towards a tributary of the Garonne. There, the soils are made up of sand, gravel and limestone, which, in particular, allows the Sauvignon Blanc to unveil its finest aromatic expression. The estate is certified as High Environmental Value (level 3/3).
The 2020 vintage stood out though its exceptional ripening conditions for its white wines. The berries are harvested well in advance, starting on August 17. This gives the wines a rich and unctuous quality, balanced out by an acidity that was worked on during winemaking.
The winemaking and aging
After the manual harvests and following pressing and settling, the grapes ferment in barrels.
The 2020 Chateau Couhins-Lurton is a lovely wine with a wonderful harmony between richness and acidity. This gives the cuvee a beautiful complexity.