Chateau Coucheroy is one of the glittering jewels in the diadem of wine estates, so masterfully crafted by the legendary Andre Lurton. Since inheriting the old 18th century farmhouse he was born in, that is now Chateau Bonnet, Lurton has amassed a wine empire that consists of over a dozen dazzling estates, all under the auspices of Les Vignobles Andre Lurton. From Margaux to St. Emilion and Entre Deux Mers to Graves, Lurton has fashioned his passion for wines and vineyards into some of Bordeaux’s most profound wines. Nestled in the Pessac-Leognon appellation of northern Graves that Lurton helped create in 1987, Chateau Coucheroy consists of some 110 acres of vines, which sit astride a gravel and chalk outcropping. The name of the estate comes from the local Gascon dialect: legend has it that Henri, then King of neighboring Navarre and future King of France, surprised by a sudden violent thunderstorm, took shelter there overnight and the place was known henceforth as “Coucheroy”, meaning “the King slept here”. Today, the vineyard is planted in both red and white grapes varieties. The wines are presently vinified in the cellars of the great Chateau La Louviere, one of the brightest stars in Lurton’s portfolio. The red, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, typifies the gracious, velvety style of Graves – an easy-drinking, classic claret. Yet, the white is perhaps the better known wine from Chateau Coucheroy. It is a blend of the traditional Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, yielding a classic, dry very stylish white Graves. The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon of Chateau Coucheroy are all hand harvested. A portion of the cepage is then barrel fermented. Ageing for this fine white is also done in barrel as well as vats where the wine is allowed to rest on its lees, gaining complexity and flavor. Such practices insure longevity, up to twenty or more years for the white Graves from Chateau Coucheroy. The 2000 vintage appears to be excellent in nearly all of Bordeaux, but no where is this more true than at Chateau Coucheroy. Already, the 2000 white Graves is drinking well; yet it promises to be one of the longest lived wines from this property.