Chateau Couhins-Lurton Blanc 2011
Blend: 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
In the meanwhile, in 1972, André Lurton had acquired a beautiful section of the vineyard from INRA, effectively dividing the great growth in two. In 1992, André Lurton purchased the chateau, the cellars, the outbuildings and the beautiful grounds from Monsieur and Madame Conte, thereby completing the creation of Chateau Couhins Lurton.
The grounds and gardens were designed in the 19th century by the famous landscape artist Lebreton. These have now recovered their former splendour thanks to the Bordeaux architect Anouck Debarre. In September 2002, the first red wine grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, from a beautiful plot with gravel soil, were brought to be crushed in Couhins-Lurton's brand new cellar. A tradition going back more than a century was thus reborn.
Recognized for its superior reds as well as whites, Pessac-Léognan on the Left Bank claims classified growths for both—making it quite unique in comparison to its neighboring Médoc properties.
Pessac’s Chateau Haut-Brion, the only first growth located outside of the Médoc, is said to have been the first to conceptualize fine red wine in Bordeaux back in the late 1600s. The estate, along with its high-esteemed neighbors, La Mission Haut-Brion, Les Carmes Haut-Brion, Pique-Caillou and Chateau Pape-Clément are today all but enveloped by the city of Bordeaux. The rest of the vineyards of Pessac-Léognan are in clearings of heavily forested area or abutting dense suburbs.
Arid sand and gravel on top of clay and limestone make the area unique and conducive to growing Sémillon and Sauvignon blanc as well as the grapes in the usual Left Bank red recipe: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and miniscule percentages of Petit Verdot and Malbec.
The best reds will show great force and finesse with inky blue and black fruit, mushroom, forest, tobacco, iodine and a smooth and intriguing texture.
Its best whites show complexity, longevity and no lack of exotic twists on citrus, tropical and stone fruit with pronounced floral and spice characteristics.