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 characterized by its mildness. The 2020 Chateau Couhins-Lurton comes from 16 hectares of planted red grape varieties rooted on the heights of the commune of Martillac, at an altitude of nearly 45 meters. On these clay-influenced soils, the 25-year-old vines offer Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons that reveal all of their power and complexity. The estate is certified as High Environmental Value (level 3/3).
The 2020 vintage stood out through its exceptional climatic conditions, particularly for the Merlot grape variety, which provided suppleness, freshness and outstanding acidity.
The winemaking and aging
After the manual harvests, the winemaking is carried out in different containers: wooden rolls, 500-liter barrels and terracotta amphorae. Long vatting. Finally, the wine ages in 50% new barrels for 12 months.
The 2020 Chateau Couhins-Lurton is a lovely, perfectly balanced wine. In its youth, it offers a wonderful aromatic character.