Chateau du Courlat 2016

Chateau du Courlat 2016

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From the long driveway of Cyprus trees on your approach, this estate inspires peace and tranquillity. Nature is present at every turn, with a large lake at the centre of vines, forest and chateau. This harmony is the dream that has long sustained the wines of Château du Courlat. The ivy-covered facade still shows the tower which was once owned by the Seigneurs Barons de Montagne. In the Middle Ages, they planted the first vines, at the same time as the Saint Emilion Jurade was created. The slopes of Lussac were sought after for the quality of their clay soils, peppered with traces of limestone.

Even as a child, Pierre Bourotte was drawn to Château du Courlat and knew he wanted to continue his grand-father’s work. The property today counts 17 hectares of vines, and is run by Jean-Baptiste Bourotte, and has long since taken its place at the very top of the appellation Lussac Saint Emilion.
Wine Advocate: 91
The 2016 Du Courlat has a rich, slightly jammy bouquet with redcurrant and cranberry fruit. The palate is well balanced with juicy tannins, rich but nicely controlled with a very poised and tensile finish. Now this is a lovely Lussac Saint Emilion in the making. One to watch out for.
James Suckling: 91
Attractive ripe red fruit with some subtle nuances of undergrowth, leading to a palate that has a fresh, juicy array of ripe red-fruit flavors and chalky, fine tannins. A blend of 90 per cent merlot and ten per cent cabernet franc. Try from 2021.