1605 SAN PABLO AVENUE, BERKELEY, CA 94702   |   510.524.1524

KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Cahors
80% Malbec, 20% Merlot 25 years Gravel, Limestone, Clay 60 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Traditional vinification

• Grapes are sorted and de-stemmed after the harvest

• Each vineyard parcel is vinified separately

• Wine is fermented in stainless steel with daily punch-downs

• Fermentation lasts anywhere from 15 to 18 days

• Wine is blended in January and aged in foudre and barrel for one year before bottlin

MISCELLANEA

For at least two decades, the Clos la Coutale’s wine has been unmistakable in flavor personality and offered terrific value.


David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate


In the lunchroom of our Berkeley retail shop, two shelves line the wall next to our kitchen table. On these shelves stand the best, most memorable wines ever tasted on these premises. Names like Jayer, Coche-Dury, Tempier, and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti jump out, and vintages date back to the ‘50s and ‘60s. Upon closer inspection of our “Wall of Fame,”certain “unexpected” bottles appear: a 1985 Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Sélectionée par Kermit Lynch, a 1961 Savennières from Château d’Epiré, and tasted just a few years ago, a 1959 Cahors from Clos la Coutale. The presence of Clos la Coutale amongst the titans of Burgundy is a testament to the phenomenal quality this domaine has offered us for now more than three decades.


Clark Z. Terry, KLWM

General Information

Country
France
Region
Southwest
Appellation(s)
Cahors
Producer
Philippe Bernède
Founded
1895
Annual Production
25,000 cases
Farming
Traditional
Website
http://www.closlacoutale.com

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