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Chateau La Couspaude Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2016  - First Bottle


94 James Suckling -
There’s an attractively young and modern style on the nose with a deep and juicy, red and dark-fruit edge, as well as flinty mineral notes. The palate has terrific concentration and richness and a long, driving finish. A blend of 75 per cent merlot, 20 per cent cabernet franc and five per cent cabernet sauvignon. Try from 2023.
94 The Wine Independent -
The 2016 La Couspaude is deep garnet in color. It swans out with gorgeous scents of blackberry pie, sassafras, and warm black plums, leading to suggestions of peppered salami, roses, and camphor. The medium to full-bodied palate is wonderfully soft, with bags of juicy black fruits and a lively, pepper-accented finish.
94 International Wine Report -
The 2016 Château La Couspaude is a fabulous showing and the flagship wine from the Aubert Family. Yohan Aubert has crafted this wine from 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and it is one of more forward and accessible wine from the vintage. It instantly beings with seductive aromas of ripe blackberries, crème de cassis, spices, leather, roasted coffee and hints of sweet oak. On the palate his is medium to full-bodied with a gorgeous plush inviting texture. It displays wonderful concentration and balance from start to finish. Overall this is wonderfully expressive Saint-Émilion Grand Cru which should go on to drink beautifully for years to come.
93 Falstaff -
Deep dark ruby, firm core, purple reflections with delicate brightening on the rim. Ripe plum underlaid with dark berry conserve and a hint of fig. Substantial with a chocolaty texture, round tannins, elegant and long. Harmonious style.
93 Wine Enthusiast -
This grand cru classé wine is packed with potential. From a great vintage, it has density and layers of tannins for aging. It also offers weight and hints of future succulent blackberry fruits and richness. Drink this wine that is still developing from 2023.
91 Decanter -
This absolutely has personality and impact, and they have done a great job of controlling the extraction. A contemporary take on the vintage, with plump, ripe fruit and big drama. Coffee bean, tar, swirling mocha and chocolate.

Technical Details

  • Blend75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Franc
  • WinemakerDaniel, Alain and Jean-Claude Aubert
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • AppellationSaint-Emilion
  • Farming MethodCertified Sustainable

Chateau La Couspaude Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2016

Proprietary Blends  |  France
JS94, WI94, IWR94, FS93, WE93, DC91

Certified Sustainable
37% off retail!

Check those TRIPLE 94 POINT scores – this is a Saint-Emilion to savor! An under-the-radar estate that has been family owned for over a century, Château La Couspaude is clearly on a tear, making waves with consistently high scores over the past decade. The prices have started to creep up in line with the rest of the top Saint-Emilion chateaus – but not here at First Bottle! Next best price in the USA on this wine is a full $25 more per bottle! Let’s go!

Château La Couspaude sits at the entrance to the medieval village of Saint-Emilion, a UNESCO heritage site and an absolute must on any visit to Bordeaux. The 7-hectare estate has been farmed to grapes since the 17th century and sits at the perfect geographical location atop the revered clay-limestone plateau of Saint-Emilion. The soils are comprised of a thin clay-limestone layer roughly 25 inches deep when the land shifts to a rigidly hard limestone plate.

The estate’s old vines (that average over 50 years in age, with some plots dating well over 100 years old) grant the wine extreme concentration and depth – making for a plush and modern style of Right Bank Bordeaux that shows many similarities to exceptional Napa cabernet. The primary grape here however is merlot, accounting for some 75% of the vineyard, followed by 20% cabernet france and 5% cabernet sauvignon.

The remarkable 2016 vintage is on full display here with a beautifully dense purple-ruby color and a preponderance of dark bramble fruit aromas. Blackberry, black currant, and raspberries leap from the bottle, followed by dark cherry notes, toasted pastry dough, supple leather, and warm, baked plums. There’s a heady, almost apothecary-like scent of dried herbs, tea leaves, and mineral tinctures supporting the ample fruit and a finish that stretches endlessly and with a considerable presence. This is a powerful, lustful wine that is just beginning the prime of its life – with decades of magic yet to be revealed.

Simply glorious, spell-binding stuff that is not to be missed! Best price in the USA by far, so this is apt to move on quickly. Grab some while you can!

PAIRING IDEAS: Ever rubbed a steak with coffee before? Definitely worth a try with this beauty. I went for a tri-tip, rubbed it down with fresh ground coffee, black pepper, salt, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Reverse seared it with a touch of smoke from some cherry wood, and brought it to about 125, before a quick 90 second sear on each side directly over the heat. Rest, slice, sip, savor and simply revel in a perfect match.

About the Producer

The Chateau dates back to roughly 1700, and family-owned since over a century. The late 90s were the breakout year, and since then Couspaude has been a terrific under-the-radar overperformer…price has crept up…but not TODAY, no no, you’re in the First Bottle Zone, where time and space and financial standards are not applicable!!