Undoubtedly the flagship of the AUBERT vineyards since over a century. This unique terroir, one of the few located on the limestone plateau on the outskirts of the village of Saint-Emilion, produces a Grand Cru Classé of international renown with subtle and mellow aromas.
Appellation : Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé
Area under production : 7 hectares
Grape varieties : 75 % merlot, 20 % cabernet franc, 5% cabernet sauvignon
Average Age : 35 years
Type of soil : Saint-Emilion chalky shelf, clay-limestone
Vinegrowing : vineyard management plot by plot, severe pruning, leaf thining, bunch thining, hand picking into small crates and carefully sorted prior to crushing.
Winemaking : wooden small fermenting vats, cold maceration, catch the cap by hand, malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels, ageing 18 – 20 months.
Wine maker : Yohan Aubert
The history …
In the middle of the Middle Ages, La Couspaude was called " The cross Paute ". This name comes to him of the cross which is near its entrance West. It is about one of the numerous crosses which follow the way which made the pilgrims when they go to Santiago de Compostela. Indeed, the monolithic church of Saint-Emilion was an important stage on their road.
The Cross Paute was a part of the seigneury of Condat and Barbanne. Originally, it was a property of King of England, who was also in the time Duke d' Aquitaine. It is at the end of the Hundred Years' War, that it became the property of King of France.
During the 16éme and the 17éme century, The Cross Paute was administered by the Jurade de Libourne. Until then there is no proof of the presence of vineyards on the exploitation.
It is in 1739, that for the first time, a bill of sale gives evidence of a vineyard in The Cross Paute. Then from the 18éme to the 19éme century, the property is not going to stop changing owner.
In 1908, Jean-Prosper Robin, owner of the Château Sansonnet, buys the nearby property, La Couspaude, and gives it immediately to his son André-Marcel. The succession of economic crises and the wars, did not allow the castle to find its potential of formerly. The efforts of the family rather turned to the Château Sansonnet, who with a stable production and its commercial success, allowed to cross this difficult time.
The situation of the Château La Couspaude will remain unchanged until 1963. This year, the girl of André-Marcel, Edith Robin inherits from the vineyard. Helped by her husband, Etienne Aubert, of producers' family of wine for more than two centuries, then later by his children, Alain, Daniel and Jean-Claude, it starts a new era for the Château La Couspaude. Today Vanessa, Héloïse and Yohan join their fathers and immortalize this beautiful story of family.
The revival …
When the Aubert family enters in possession of the Château La Couspaude in 1963, all the problems, which accumulated during the years, are reflected in the state of the property. The vineyard presents many missing feet and buildings are in a very bad state, the main handicap being the absence of wine storehouse on the very property.
The renovation of Couspaude is going to take place in two phases. First of all, it is the vineyard which is considered as the most urgent. A program of replanting is thus launched from 1963, affecting 80 % of the vineyard. However, east of the exploitation, a part of vines are preserved (they have approximately a century nowadays).
The second phase will engage only from the beginning of the 80s, led by three brothers Aubert. They renewed themselves buildings, by means of a small team. The quite equipped wine storehouse was finished in 1985. But so remarkable, the property presents a magnificent cellar in the calcareous rock and a reception hall built around a wall supported by three arcs.
The work made by the family Aubert is rewarded in 1996, La Couspaude being then promoted Grand Cru Classé in the new classification of wines of Saint-Emilion.
Château La Couspaude 2012
#206 Apr 2013
2013 - 2023
An attractive wine from the Aubert family, this well-endowed, spicy, fragrant 2012 La Couspaude offers a dense ruby/purple color along with aromas of balsam wood and kirsch liqueur, rich, medium-bodied flavors, and an early appeal because of its attractive texture, purity and overall balance. It should drink nicely for a decade or more.
James Suckling - TASTING REPORT: ALL THE NOTES, AND MORE THOUGHTS ON 2012 BORDEAUX
April 21th, 2013 : 91
Already shows a balance of delicious fruit, ripe tannins and chocolate, spice character. Full body,
integrated tannins and a fresh finish.
Matthew Jukes 2012 Bordeaux en Primeurs
scores : 17 / 20
The Wine Enthusiast - En Primeur, Day Two : The Magic of Merlot - Roger Voss : 92
Barrel sample. Sweet wood aromas open this ripe, yet expertly balanced wine. Denseness on the palate
is complemented by black-currant acidity, yielding a lively, fragrant and fresh wine that finishes with lingering, attractive fruit. — R.V. (4/9/2013)
Jancis Robinson.com : 16 Drink 2015-2022
75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep greyish crimson. Lifted cherry fruit aroma. Sweet and chocolatey on the palate, tannins also chocolate textured. Malted milk and blackcurrant. Very polite and pretty gentle on the finish. (JH)
WEINVERSTAND EXTRA © ULRICH SAUTTER BORDEAUX 2012 – 02. MAI 2013 : Typ 1 (Finesse).
Sehr viel Holz, Karamell, dazu eine ausgeprägt balsamische Würze. Im Mund mit kräftigem, dichtem und gut reifem Tannin, unmittelbar cremig begleitet und aromatisch wieder Holz-geprägt mit Kaffee- und Vanillenoten. Deutlich mineralischer Kern. Wertung im Vertrauen auf die Existenz einer Frucht hinter dem Holz.
Château La Couspaude 2011
#200 Apr 2012
2012 - 2027
This may turn out to be one of the finest La Couspaudes ever made now that Dr. Alain Raynaud is the consultant. A blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a ripe wine with a deep kirsch and raspberry-scented nose intermixed with better integrated toasty oak than I have seen in past vintages. Seriously endowed with loads of fruit and glycerin, an enticing texture, medium to full body and a long, clean, well-balanced finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years.
Wine spectator – Web only - 2012 : 91/100
Designation: Barrel Tasting
Nice ripe, modern expression, with enticing fig, blueberry coulis and boysenberry notes and ample ganache on the finish. A touch amped up, but has the freshness for balance. –JM