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Château Coutet, Saint-Emilion

Château  Coutet, Saint-Emilion

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The Winery

Château Coutet, located less than 1 mile from the renowned village of Saint-Emilion, has been in the same family for over 400 years.  For all of this time the vineyards have been worked as naturally as possible and no chemicals have ever been used to treat the vines, giving a rare purity to the wine and enabling a wide variety of flowers and fauna to flourish, including some exceptionally rare orchids and tulips.

The vineyards cover 12 ha and are all grouped together, ideal for organic winemaking.  Surrounded by some of Saint-Emilion’s most distinguished Grand Cru Classé wineries, Château Coutet is also in the enviable position of covering three distinct terroir.

Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec are planted in the vineyards, and they are cared for and nurtured manually for the most part, with the help of a working horse in some of the vine plots.

The winery is regularly selected by the world’s leading wine guides and has won a host of awards over the years including gold medals at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, gold and Best Bordeaux Red Wine at Mundus Vini, and silver at the International Wine Challenge and Concours Féminalises de Beaune wine competitions.

Adopt a vine at Château Coutet and get involved in making your own wine with the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience

Region

The famous Bordeaux region is France’s largest wine producing region, accounting for some 25% of the country’s wine output. Most of the wine made is red, but there are also some very good white wines to be found, especially the sweet wines of Sauternes. The climate is characterised by hot summers and relatively mild winters thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

Within the Bordeaux wine producing region, you can adopt vines at one of two partner wineries, in Saint-Emilion or Macau-en-Médoc.  Saint-Emilion, located 30 miles to the east of Bordeaux, is a picturesque village and home to one of the most famous and prestigious wine growing areas, the world’s first vineyard landscape to be awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO.  Macau-en Médoc, 14 miles from the centre of Bordeaux, is situated on the left bank of the Garonne river, at the entrance to the Route des Châteaux.

French Wine Experience Gift. Meet the winemaker at Château Coutet, Saint-Emilion 

The Winemakers Welcome You...

In the 15th century, the sieur François Coutet gave his name to the château, and in 1601, the winery was owned by the mayor of Libourne, Thomas d’Augereau, who was married to Marie David.  Ever since then, for over 400 years, Château Coutet has been owned and managed by the David Beaulieu family.

Today, the winery is run by the 13th and 14th generations.  Alain heads up the wine-making side of things and manages the winery with his brother, Xavier.  The 14th and latest generation have more recently joined the team with Adrien who oversees the commercial side of business, and Mathilde, Matthieu and Raphaëlle who actively participate in the working of the winery.

As well as wine-making the family is passionate about preserving the natural environment and history of the estate.

Persoanlised Wine Gift. Château Coutet AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 

Château Coutet

The excellent Château Coutet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is the wine selected for the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience.  This wine is produced from the vineyards surrounding the château, including the Peycocut vineyard where the Gourmet Odyssey adopted vines are located, a wonderful setting with panoramic views of Saint-Emilion and the neighbouring Grand Cru Classé vineyards.

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, this is a fruity and elegant red wine.  It has a deep ruby red colour, and is very aromatic, full of ripe red and black fruit with a touch of spice.

After the alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentation in stainless steel vats, the wine is aged in oak barrels for between 12 and 15 months.  The wine is then blended and bottled 18-24 months after the harvest.  Depending on the year, the wine can generally keep for between 5 and 20 years.

Charcteristics
> Wine - Saint Emilion Grand Cru red wine
> Grape Varieties – Merlot (60%), Cabernet Franc (30%), Malbec (7%), Cabernet Sauvignon (3%)
> Vineyard size – 12ha
> Soil – Limestone, clay limestone, and sandy clay
> Style – Fruity and elegant with a touch of spice
> Keeps – 5-20 years
> Ideal with – Foie gras, duck à l'orange, fillet steak, wild mushrooms

Availability of the wine
The wine is genrally bottled 18-24 months after the harvest.

Getting There

By Plane

Bordeaux Mérignac airport is the closest, and is just 30 miles / 50 km away, taking about 40 minutes by car.
This airport is well served from destinations throughout Europe, with airlines such as Aer Lingus, Air France KLM, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, flybe, Helvetic airways, Iberia, Norwegian Airlines, Ryan Air and Vueling all flying to Bordeaux.

By Car
The distances and times below are estimated using GoogleMaps from the city centre to Château Coutet, 33330 Saint-Emilion.  For information from other destinations, please click here.

 

Depart

KM

Miles

Time

Bordeaux 40 30 0h 44
Toulouse 233 145 2h 22
Rennes 488 303 4h 20
Lyon 518 322 4h 35
Paris 640 400 5h 30
Barcelona 558 389 5h 44
Marseille 626 370 5h 54
Geneva 663 412 5h 55
Calais 890 553 7h 30
Brussels 951 591 8h 20
Milan 961 597 8h 46

To find out distances and times from other destinations, please click on this link

Acccommodation

Price NameAddressDistance to Winery
60-100€ Ibis Saint-Emilion

route de Castillon, Lieu dit du Bois de l'Or (D670), 33330 Saint-Emilion

+33 (0)5 57 25 25 07

2,5km / 1,5m
70-80€ La Gomerie

5 La Gomerie, 33330 Saint-Emilion

+33 (0)5 57 24 68 85

1,5km / 1m
80-150€ Auberge de la Commanderie

2 rue Porte Brunet, 33330 Saint-Emilion

+33 (0)5 57 24 70 19

3km / 2m
90-125€ La Petite Madeleine

6 Lieu dit Saint Jean de Béard, 33330 Saint Laurent des Combes

++33 (0)5 57 24 78 45

5km / 3m
95-130€ Les Chambres d'Ovaline

2 place Bouqueyre, 33330 Saint-Emilion

+33 (0)6 60 42 70 69

2,5km / 1,5m
100-225€ Hôtel Palais Cardinal

place du 11 Novembre 1918, 33330 Saint-Emilion

+33 (0)5 57 24 72 39

3km / 2m
200-350€ Château Hôtel Grand Barail

route de Libourne (D243), 33330 Saint-Emilion

+33 (0) 5 57 55 37 00

8m / 5m
385-600€ Hostellerie de Plaisance

Place du Clocher, 33330 Saint-Emilion

+33 (0)5 57 55 07 55

2km / 1,5m

Near By Attractions

  • Saint-Emilion & Bordeaux – Wander the cobbled streets of Saint-Emilion, visit the medieval sites and climb the 68m high church tower to take in the fantastic view of the surrounding vineyards.  Or visit the chic World Heritage city of Bordeaux, home to great shopping, fine gastronomy, and elegant architecture.
  • La route des vins – Drive along the Route des Vins, and take in the impressive château and rolling vineyard landscapes around Saint-Emilion that are a classified UNESCO world heritage site.  Or venteure further afield and visit the famous wineries of Pomerol, Sauternes or Margaux.
  • Spa – Pamper yourself at one of the regions many spa resorts, or stay on theme by trying Vinotherapy, the latest trend in spa treatment that uses the anti-oxidant properties of grapes to relax you and reduce ageing of the skin.

Links

Saint-Emilion tourist office: www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/uk
Bordeaux Tourist Ofiice : www.bordeaux-tourism.co.uk


Wine lover gift in Saint-Emilion.  Rent a vine and and learn about wine-making 

Welcome to Château Coutet

 

A big welcome to Château Coutet, who becomes the latest winery to join the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience, starting with the 2017 vintage.

The winery came highly recommended from two different sources, and as soon as we arrived at the winery to take a look for ourselves, we could see why.    It’s a delightful château set in the middle of the vineyards, and just a stone’s throw from the centre of Saint-Emilion.  Its neighbours include some of the most famous Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé wineries.

We were met by Adrien, who heads up the commercial side of things.  A delightful young man, whose passion for his winery and the surrounding area are infectious.  The winery has been in his family for over 400 years, and is steeped in history.  As we tour the château and vineyards, Adrien explained the importance of the biodiversity and the preservation of the estate environmentally to the family.  No chemical product has ever been used, and as a result, wild and even some exceptionally rare flowers also prosper.  Part of the vineyard is worked by horse, but the family also has an eye to the future, and are experimenting with the use of robots to help with the work in the vineyards.  The winery has been organically certified since 2012.

Our tour finished back in the wine boutique for a vertical tasting of the Château Coutet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru covering the past few vintages.  Another tick in the box.  The wines are very enjoyable, and through the different years reveal deep ruby red, aromatic and elegant wines.  The younger wines still need time to age and for the tannins to soften.  The exceptional years of 2009 and 2010 reveal the potential that the wine has for laying down, and the 2008 is a delight, having opened up nicely and being ready for enjoying from now on.

Château Coutet is just perfect for the Gourmet Odyssey Wine Experience, and we’re really excited about working together to provide you with a great wine-making experience.  The people, place, and wine all come together to offer a fantastic location to learn more about the art of wine-making.  We can’t wait for the first Experience Days in 2017!

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