ABOUT THIS WINE:
Grapes grown on a 76-hectare (188-acre) estate in the Haut-Médoc region of Bordeaux. The Miailhe family have been proprietors here since 1924 and, unlike the majority of their Left Bank neighbors, their grand vin is a Merlot-predominant Bordeaux blend of 85 percent Merlot and 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the winery, vinification is carried out in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. After drawing-off to concentrate flavor and color, the juice undergoes fermentation and malolactic fermentation. Only the highest quality products from this process are reserved for the Château Coufran grand vin, with the remaining third going into its second wine. The wine ages for 12 months in French oak barrels, a quarter of which are new. This is followed by fining, final blending and bottling-aging.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER:
The dovecote dates back to the Ancien Régime and in the 18th-century archives of Jacques Baurein, it is referred to as the noble house of “Cousran”. Many families have come and gone, but the best known is the family of Baron of Brane, known as the “Napoleon of the Vines”, who imposed Cabernet as the main grape variety in the Médoc region.
After the revolution, Jean-Valère Cabarrus, a ship-owner and wine merchant who already owned other prestigious wine estates, acquired Château Couffran.
At the end of the 19th century, the Célérier family, wine merchants in Bordeaux, took advantage of the success of Bordeaux wines and economic development in winemaking, by investing in the Médoc wine region and buying Couffran. They also decided to carry out major renovation work on the Château, creating its definitive architecture.
The acquisition by Louis Miailhe in 1924 was an important step. It was Louis Miailhe who then decided on the definitive spelling of “Coufran”, as well as undertaking major redevelopment work on the vineyard, planting mainly Merlot Noir, a rounder, more charming variety which was highly appreciated at the time.
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