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Chateau La Couspaude (Futures Pre-sale) 2009

Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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  • RP93
  • WE92
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WS 94
Wine Spectator
Blackberry and blueberry, with Indian spices. Full-bodied, with vanilla and berry fruit. Long and beautiful. Juicy and gorgeous.
Barrel Sample: 91-94 Points
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The best La Couspaude I have ever tasted, the opaque purple 2009 exhibits nicely integrated toasty oak/pain grille in addition to cassis, kirsch, raspberries and earthy undertones. Full-bodied, with beautiful integration of acidity, alcohol and tannin, this is a robust, exuberant, somewhat flamboyant style of St.-Emilion that is clearly modern, but quite frankly, delicious. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Pure blackberry and currant fruits, lots of ripe and juicy flavors. Intense, concentrated and smoky.
Barrel Sample: 90-92 Points
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Chateau La Couspaude

Chateau La Couspaude

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Chateau La Couspaude, , France - Bordeaux
Chateau La Couspaude
Chateau La Couspaude is located in the heart of Saint Emilion, near the famous monolithic church carved out of solid rock. La Couspaude has been the pride and joy of the Aubert family for over a century. In fact, the Auberts have been making fine wine in Bordeaux for over two centuries and have unquestionably maintained the family tradition of quality and respect for the terroir to the present day.

The home of Port—perhaps the world’s most popular after-dinner drink, the Douro region of Portugal is one of the world’s oldest delimited wine regions, established in 1756. Less well-known but often of excellent quality are the region’s dry table wines, both red and white. The vineyards of the Douro, set on the slopes surrounding the Douro river (known as the Duero in Spain), are among the steepest in the world, necessitating the use of terraces in much of the region. This often requires grapes to be harvested by hand—a labor-intensive process. The climate here is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and cold winters. There are three sub-regions of the Douro—Baixo Corgo, the mildest and wettest, Cima Corgo, where many of the best producers are situated, and Douro Superior, the hottest and driest. The best sites, typically with schist-based soils, are reserved for Port production, while table wines are usually grown on granite.

While more than 100 indigenous varieties are approved for wine production in the Douro, there are five primary grapes that make up most Port and table wines. Touriga Nacional is the finest of these, prized for its deep color, tannic and concentrated structure, and floral aromatics. Along with Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain's Tempranillo) helps to provide the backbone to these wine and adds bright acidity and red fruit flavors. Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca help round out the blend with their soft, supple textures. Tinta Cão, a fine but low-yielding variety, is rarely planted but still highly valued for its ability to produce excellent, complex wines. Rosé Port and table wines are produced from the same varieties, while whites are generally crisp, mineral-driven blends of Arinto, Viosinho, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, and an assortment of others.

VCXCAPM_1022_09_2009 Item# 104007

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