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Château du Courlat Cuvée Jean Baptiste, Lussac Saint-Emilion 2016
Red Wine from France - Bordeaux
From a property owned by the respected Bourotte family, this is a fine, merlot-driven claret with lovely dark-fruit character that will lift a whole salmon on a bed of Puy lentls suffused with red wine sauce.
Price: £18.00 Bottle
Price: £216.00 Case of 12
- Red Wine
- Now to 2030
- 14.5% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, natural
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.