Coutelin Merville 2014, Saint-Estèphe, Cru Bourgeois
50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc & 5% Petit Verdot.
Château Coutelin Merville is a cru bourgeois located in St Estephe. The estate has been under the ownership of the Estager family for over 100 years. The terroir is a mixture of calcareous clay and limestone and the vineyard has a surface area of 26 hectares, with a planting density of 8,300 vines per hectare.
Today, Bernard and Francois are in charge of the domaine and follow sustainable practices in the vineyard. The estate covers 30 hectares, with 26 hectares planted with Merlot, Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is aged for approximately 18 months in oak barrel, of which 20-40% is new.
"Nicely concentrated blackberry and blackcurrant nose, some florality and a touch of leather, very good depth of fruit and the tannins are absorbed by the richness of the fruit, very good depth, firm flavours and a very good future. 91 points."
Steven Spurrier, decanter.com (commenting on the 2010 vintage)