There are two properties in Bordeaux named Chateau Coutet, one making exceptional dessert wines in Barsac whilst over in St Emilion, Chateau Coutet is making excellent red wines on the right bank of the River Gironde.
The 13 hectare vineyards of Chateau Coutet are planted to 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, with vines that are on average 32 years of age. It might not seem like a lot to find as much as 5% Malbec in a Bordeaux vineyard, but with their Malbec vines, Chateau Coutet St. Emilion has one of the higher density of Malbec plantings in the Right Bank. The vineyard is planted in one, large, single parcel, not far from Chateau Franc Mayne or the village of Saint Emilion. They have a terroir of sand, clay and limestone soils. The vineyards are farmed using 100% organic farming techniques. The wine is vinified in traditional, cement tanks. 85% of the wine is aged in 20% new, French oak barrels for about 18 months. The other 15% is aged in the cement vats.
On average, the production of Chateau Coutet St. Emilion is close to 4,000 cases of wine per year.
Origin: St Emilion / Bordeaux / France
Grapes: Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Malbec