Château du Courlat

Château du Courlat

This property is in the satellite appellation of Lussac-Saint-Emilion and has been in the hands of Jean-Baptiste Audy - the négociant company founded by the man of the same name in 1906 - for several decades.

The company owns a number of properties on the right bank of Bordeaux, including Clos du Clocher in Pomerol, and is still run by Jean-Baptiste's descendants: firstly, his grandson Pierre Bourotte, and since 2003 his great-grandson Jean-Baptiste Bourotte.

Du Courlat's 17 hectares of vines have an average age of 25 years and are planted on the slopes of Lussac with a large lake at their centre. Four hectares of this are dedicated to the company's first wine, Cuvée Jean-Baptiste, named in honour of the company's founder.

This is the cream of the crop of du Courlat, a 100% merlot wine aged for 20 months in one third new oak, with the capacity to age for five to 15 years. It is particularly fine in dry years like 2010 when it remains fresh but very ripe.

Members' Comments (1)

"For me, this wine needs more time to develop. I bought three bottles on the recommendation of one of the Wine Society's staff and was rather underwhelmed by it. I'm leaving the other two bottles for a while..."

Mr M L Clement (06-Nov-2016)