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Château Coufran, 2018

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Merlot dominant Haut Médoc

"Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Coufran has a compelling nose of crushed black cherries, black raspberries and redcurrant jelly, plus suggestions of licorice, tar, lavender and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, the palate has a good amount of juicy red and black fruit flavors with a lively backbone and light chew of tannins, finishing with a pleasant herbal lift." 89/100 Points The Wine Advocate

  • 25% Aged in New Oak 1 year.
  • 90 Points, Decanter, November 2020

Food Pairing: most game, beef, veal, pork, lamb, or duck dishes.

Cellaring: 2022 to 2032

 

STORY BEHIND THIS WINE

"Jean Mialhe is also proprietor of Châteaux Coufran in the northern part of the Haut-Médoc. He, too, is a grandson of Frederic Mialhe, husband of Adèle Mitchell. Adèle's father, Francois-Patrick was married to Elyse-Peggy Lynch and started the first glass factory in Bordeaux. Jean Mialhe is also a first cousin of the owners of both Château Pichon Longueville Lalande and Château Siran. Jean's sister, Mme. Cesselin, owns the very important Cru Grand Bourgeois exceptionnel, Château Citran.

His other properties include Châteaux Verdignan, a Cru Grand Bourgeois, and Château Soudars - both in the Haut-Médoc and adjacent to Coufran. Production is large and the 135 acres yield around 33,000 cases on average. Uniquely, in the Médoc, the Merlot grape totally predominates (85%). This gives a very forward, fruity, supple, quick maturing wine. It could hardly be called stylish, nor does it have great character, but it has an easy appeal and is reasonably priced. The vintages in the eighties have been consistent and successful. The 1982 perhaps being best of all with extraordinary richness and fruit. Enjoy it from now until 10 years old, when it will show best. The 1986 and 1985 are both splendid. The former easily being the better. The 1985 is already quite mature, but the latter will go on for longer than any other recent Coufran." T.P Whelehan, The Irish Wines of Bordeaux 

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