2004 Coufran, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1054986

89 points Wine Enthusiast: "The Miailhe family, owners of Coufran also have Château Siran in Margaux in their portfolio. Coufran 2004 is structured, with dusty tannins, but over the rounded, smooth, almost jammy fruits, an accessible wine, showing good fresh acidity to finish." (5/31/2007) According to Robert Parker: "The 2004's dense plum/ruby color and graphite, mocha, and black cherry-scented bouquet are accompanied by impressive concentration. More structured and backward than the 2003, it should be at its peak between 2008-2016." (06/06) According to the Wine Spectator: "Offers good blackberry and fresh herb character, with a hint of vanilla. Medium-bodied, with light, velvety tannins and a delicate, fruity finish. There's a hint of cappuccino in the aftertaste. Drink now." (08/07)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2010 | Send Email
An old K&L favorite and a bit unusual for a Left Bank property since the vineyards here are planted almost exclusively to Merlot rather than Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2004 Chateau Coufran, Haut-Médoc is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Surprisingly ripe for the vintage, the wine displays rich, plummy fruit and soft tannins. Delicious, and a great value at $12.99. Drink now.

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