2005 Coufran, Haut-Médoc SKU #1036274


WE 91-93
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Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    Chateau Coufran produces excellent drinkable wines for a reasonable price. The 2005 is full bodied and structured with dark fruit flavors balanced out with hints of earth. It is dry and well be best with hearty foods.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    Legend has it that one of the previous generations of the Miailhe family was so frustrated by three successive under ripe vintages that he ripped out the estate’s Cabernet vines and planted the easier-ripening Merlot instead. If the 2005 is any indication, he solved the problem. It has great density of fruit, smooth pronounced tannins and just the perfect amount of that earthy savoriness that I love in my old Bordeaux. The years have been good to this wine, and you won’t break the bank trying it. It would make a great case to have lying around the house.
  • Mahon McGrath
    By: Mahon McGrath
    K&L Staff Member
    Savory and supple textured, this has definitely hit its stride! There’s dry spice, bay leaf, black olive, and cassis flavors here. The fruit shows the low-key character of a mature wine, and has shed the juiciness of its youth. The tannins, while present yet, have calmed down and integrated into the wine, and the finish comes across dry and resinous. This practically screams out for something like herb crusted, rare grilled lamb.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    The merlot dominates this wine, but in the best way possible -- it's fleshy, plumey, but balanced by earth and a little old school Bordeaux funk. Get some before it's gone. This will last a solid decade in your cellar.
  • Ralph Sands
    By: Ralph Sands
    K&L Staff Member
    Deep, firm blackberry and blueberry fruit with good minerality. Direct with very solid structure. Most people will drink wines in this price range young, but this 2005 will age fantastically, so put a few down for the long run. I would decant four hours before drinking now.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a very serious wine that has Rutherford Dust-like aromas and plenty of minerals on the nose. It's a big wine on the palate, full-bodied and tannic, but with great underlying fruit. Cellar it a bit or decant two hours.
  • Steve Greer
    By: Steve Greer
    K&L Staff Member
    Coufran is north of St-Estèphe, where heavier soils are wellsuited to merlot. The château is planted with 85% merlot and 15% cabernet sauvignon.With a bit of decanting this wine really opened up and with each sip I enjoyed it even more. Very dark in color, the nose provides both rich fruit and some oak. It opens with a mix of rich cassis and nice acidity, but its tannins are still astringent. Give this beauty some time to age.


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Customer Reviews

  • By: Elaine Travels 9/28/2012

    Smooth elegant rendition of Medoc. The 2005 is ready to drink and can only improve with time.

  • By: Muksi 10/11/2009

    This is a very fruity and delicious merlot based wine. Medium bodied and very nice for the price point.

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