Chateau Coutet 'Cuvee Demoiselle' Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France 2015
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Chateau Coutet 'Cuvee Demoiselle' Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France 2015
Chateau Coutet 'Cuvee Demoiselle' Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France 2015

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Chateau Coutet vineyard is established on the first hill of Saint-Émilion, half a kilometre away from the village. Coutet’s closest neighbours are all prestigious châteaux.

Its vines have always been grown with the higher respect of the terroir and nature, as a result of which it obtained the organic certification in 2012. A walk among Coutet’s vines helps understand why the Saint-Émilion landscape is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The density of plantation is about 6,000 vines/ha. The vine population is made up of 60% merlot, 30% bouchet (cabernet franc), 5% cabernet sauvignon and, as a touch of originality, 5% pressac (local malbec).The vines are 38 years old on average.

All the classic work is done manually and no chemical treatment (weed killer, pesticide) has ever been used at Coutet. The rich biotope and diverse flora surrounding the vine make it possible to practice healthy and sustainable agriculture, allowing natural predators known as “pests” to play a role in limiting erosion and controlling yields. Natural composts are added punctually.

The vines are pruned in winter according to the double Guyot system, leaving two long canes, and additional work is done just after the flowering in order to regulate and choose the grape and foliage load of each vine. The lifting and the leaf thinning contribute to keep the vines and the harvest in good health. The grapes are obviously harvested by hand, in small crates, and the different varietals are picked at different dates, depending on their ripeness.

Coutet’s location, at the top of the Saint-Martin de Mazerat plateau, offers a unique view to as far as several kilometres around:

• To the south, over the Entre-Deux-Mers hillsides on the left bank of the Dordogne river;

• To the west, on the Fronsac hillock and even to Bordeaux on clear days.

At Coutet, nature has been particularly preserved: no weed killer or pesticide has ever been used. It is one of the rare places of the Saint-Émilion region where some spinneys of pedunculate oaks, holm oaks and sessile oaks subsist. Fig trees are also well represented and some small, dry meadows are home to several orchid varieties.

Springtime is announced by the blooming of beautiful tulips and narcissus that light up the rows of vines still bare, whereas autumn gives walkers the opportunity to savour some figs, walnuts, apples, peaches, and pears along the paths.

Both the varied flora and the diversified fauna enable the vines to thrive without any synthetic additive. Few estates offer discoveries of this kind.

Saint-Émilion and its vineyard are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. To understand why, you are welcome to come for a walk through Coutet at any time of the year.

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