2005 Coufran, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1036274 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel sample. If you're looking for great, ripe black currant fruits, this is where to come. The wine is full and hugely fruity, but it still manages a good Bordeaux sense of proportion.  (6/ 2006)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Has crushed blackberry, licorice and light toasty oak on the nose. Full-bodied, with polished tannins and focused blackberry and currant on the palate, with a hint of vanilla and spices. Made mostly from Merlot. Best after 2011.  (3/ 2008)

James Halliday

 Smokiness dominates the nose at the moment but there’s still evidence of fresh and aromatic cassis underneath. Rich and yet juicy...Drink 2010-2016.  (6/ 2007)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep ruby/purple with notes of sweet cherries intermixed with hints of espresso roast and dried herbs, this wine is medium-bodied, displays some noticeable tannin, but is certainly very good and will probably be even better with another year of bottle age. It should keep for 10-15 years.  (8/ 2008)

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/19/2013  | Send Email
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.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2011  | Send Email
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.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2011  | Send Email
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.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/18/2008  | Send Email
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.

 By: Elaine Travels |  Review Date: 9/28/2012 
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Smooth elegant rendition of Medoc. The 2005 is ready to drink and can only improve with time.

 By: Muksi |  Review Date: 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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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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