Often referred to as Pomerol du Médoc given its percentage of Merlot (85%). With a nice fat, it remains a typical Haut-Médoc by its round and flexible side to the tasting. The old Merlots of this vintage give it a certain aptitude for aging with a surprising average age of 50 year old vines.
The history of Château Coufran began under the impetus of Mrs. Louis Miailhe who, thanks to war compensation, acquired it.
Coming from a family of wine brokers whose history dates back to 1793,
many generations of Miailhe practiced this profession until 1970 when
Jean ended his career in the profession.
The first winemaker of the family was Frederic, in the middle of the
19th century who by the chance of a marriage was to the Queens of the
Louis and Edouard, his sons who worked as brokers in the family
business, were among the most active in making many acquisitions of
Medoc properties during the difficult crisis that struck Bordeaux
between 1920 and 1950. The last winemaker of this family branch is
Edouard Miailhe at Château Siran following the sale of Pichon Comtesse
by May Eliane de Lencquesaing. For the descendants of Louis, only his son Jean remained in viticulture in Coufran and Verdignan.
In the course of the 80s, her two children Marie Cécile Vicaire and
Eric Miailhe took over at the head of the property in order to
perpetuate an exceptional family heritage.
Vinification is done using the traditional Bordeaux method in stainless steel tanks controlled by a temperature control system.
The work of the tanks (pumping over, punching, unloading ...) and the
duration of maceration are determined according to the characteristics
of each vintage and especially the type of wine sought.
At the end of the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations, different
selection tastings are carried out before the final assembly of the
first wine made in December by the boards Mrs Jacques and Eric
BOISSENOT. Only 2/3 of the production will be retained for this first wine.
This in order to express the best so encépagement atypical Coufran and
produce a great wine that is located every year in the high end of the
The aging in barrels is done for 12 months with a renewal in new wood by 1/4 each year (mainly French oak).
On the occasion of the collage, in the spring of the second year, there
is a final assembly to ensure that the bottled Grand Vin is perfectly
The estate uses natural cork stoppers, "extra heavy" bottles, a draft
with the HACCP standard and an engraving of the lot number on each
bottle (from the 2005 vintage). The bottles are then stored in an air conditioned room to optimize their aging.