At the very top of the Haut-Médoc, embedded in a sea of gravel just next to the Gironde River north of St-Estèphe, sits the anomaly of the Left Bank: Château Coufran, the "Pomerol of the Médoc," so-called for its high propensity of Merlot vines in a region where Cabernet reigns supreme. While practically all of its Left Bank neighbors are making structured and powerful clarets, Coufran continues to make softer, silkier, classically tailored Right-Bank-style wines. Owned by the Miailhe family since 1924, the wine has been prized by those in the know for its early approachability and fantastic value, which is part of the reason it’s been a staple of K&L’s Bordeaux department for decades. Not only does the wine historically drink well at a younger age, it evolves beautifully over a five to ten year period. The 2009 is currently in a gorgeous spot only eight years after the vintage, showing secondary development and complexity beyond the primary fruit of its youth.
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By: Steve Bearden
K&L Staff Member
This wine from a good vintage for Merlot starts out quite earthy with aromas of dark plums, damp soil and herb. The middle is filled with black cherry fruit that has balancing acidity which keeps the medium-bodied wine fresh and lively. The clean finish has an intriguing hint of clay and mineral.
By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
K&L Staff Member
VERY good. The usual "old-school" style of Coufran matches well with the fatness and sweetness of Merlot, and the wine is delicious right now. A great value for under $30. Plenty of blackberry and mineral aromas lead to a rather soft and elegant palate entry. Still alive and well (great storage at the property) and promising to cellar well for a few more years. A soft, smooth finish here and the wine is perfect for your Wednesday night hamburger or even your steak and claret Friday night. I like it as much as their awesome 2001.
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