Second Red Wine of Chateau Couhins
Couhins la Gravette • La Dame de Couhins • Le Moulin de Couhins
Owner / Operator : French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)
Director : Dominique Forget
Technical Manager : Matthew Arroyo
Consultant oenologists : Denis Dubourdieu and Valérie Lavigne
Marketing & Communication : Romain Baillou

A.O.C : Pessac-Léognan red
Area : 19 ha

Soil characteristics : Gravelly hilltop • Clay slope on a limestone base • Sand-clay zone

Grape varieties : 49% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4%Petit Verdot

Density of planting : 6500 vines/ha

Management of vines :
-Double Guyot pruning -Traditional ploughing four times -Integrated production -Optimization of soil/plant balance -Rationalized canopy management -Manual harvests with successive selective harvests in crates

Vinification :
destemming, sorting table, crushing, manual punching down, rationalized pumping over, alcoholic fermentation between 25° and 28°C, maceration 26 days

Maturing : 12 months in French oak barrels, 1/3 new barrels

Average annual production : 20,000 bottles of red

Tasting :
Couhins La Gravette/La Dame de Couhins, Château Couhins' second wine, is made in the same way as the first wine, from a selection of batches that are specified at the blending stage. Wines that do not present the required qualities are used to produce a third wine: La Ballisque. La Dame de Couhins or Couhins La Gravette therefore benefit from the same quality standards as the grand vin, both in the vineyard and in the winery. A shorter maturing period enables it to express its fruity, supple character at an early age.