2005 Coufran, Haut-Médoc SKU #1036274


WE 91-93
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  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    After all these years in retail, one of the many misperceptions by many, many customers that still make me shake my head is how we have a tendency to associate the supposed quality of a wine with its price point. In other words, the higher the price the wine is the better its quality. Recently I had a customer come up to me in the store and ask me what was wrong with this Coufran because of its cheap price, and I confronted him with why he was thinking in those terms. This notion of higher the price vis-à-vis higher the quality level is Wrong! We have been brainwashed (and I won’t get into by who, which is a whole article in and of itself); I have tasted some absolutely awful $150.00+/- Cabernets the last several years that I wouldn’t even spend $10.00 for, wines that are super high in alcohol, have no acid backbone, and, even worse, have residual sugar left in the finish product. This 2005 Coufran is a prime example of a first-class drinking red wine that is not going to cost you this month’s mortgage or rent payment to purchase a single bottle, and is a showcase for the thousands of excellent wines that are still available at better than reasonable prices in today’s market. Merlot-driven, the color of this Gem is medium-deep ruby with a soft pinkish edge to it, while in its wonderful bouquet you will discover developed, distinctive aromas of cassis, currants, blackberries, and plum-like notes with undertones of cedar, leather, and clove-like spiciness. All of this carries over decisively to a broad, well-integrated, balanced, complex set of aged flavors, with a lush, soft, silky mid-range, that leads to a long, generous, elegant finish. Okay; ask me that question again about what’s wrong with this wine because it is so “cheap.” It is time to change your way of thinking! Rusty has demanded that I bring home several cases of this Gem for consumption over the next five to ten years. AN ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE VALUE!!! >>>A K&L WINE MERCHANTS' DIRECT IMPORT<<< ***** 13.5% ABV *****
    Drink from 2017 to 2025
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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