Powered by intense botrytis, this wine is opulent and ripe, with spice, yellow fruit and honey flavors. It has just the right balance of acidity to maintain its shape and proportions. It's likely to age well over many years. Drink from 2024. *Cellar Selection*
This shows the vivid, racy side of Barsac, with streaming flavors of pineapple, yellow apple, green plum and white ginger, displaying lovely energy from start to finish. Ends with enough honeysuckle and orange blossom notes to balance the richness. Best from 2020 through 2035. *Ranked #3 on Top 100 of 2017* (JM)
The Château Coutet 2014 is a blend of 75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle and delivers...cue the drumroll...a whopping 162 grams per liter of residual sugar, the highest level of any Sauternes that I have data for. As you would expect, the total acidity is slightly, but not dramatically lower than its peers at 3.9 grams per liter (compared to say, 4.3 grams per liter at Doisy-Daëne.) This Coutet '14 has a complex bouquet with razor-sharp, minerally, citrus fruit mixed with wild honey and a touch of Riesling-like petrol. The palate is totally convincing. There is a great thrust of rich botrytized fruit sliced through with Coutet’s trademark acidity, despite the spoonfuls of sugar, that lends this such vibrancy and tension. It possesses and almost clinical precision with long persistence on the finish. This is a divine Coutet that may warrant a higher score subject to how it evolves in barrel. (NM) 93-95+
Ripe tropical fruit, vanilla and herbs intermingle with smoky botrytis. Dense, rich flavours of custard and toffee apples, saffron and a hint of noble rot bitterness. Long finish. Drinking Window 2020 - 2050. (ID)
Floral honey, lemon-curd and passion-fruit aromas pour from the glass and draw you into this creamy yet elegant Barsac that’s got good concentration on the middle palate and a very clean, long finish. Real sophistication! Drink now or hold.
The 2014 Coutet is a gorgeous Barsac. Orange peel, cinnamon, dried flowers and lightly honeyed notes abound. The wine is rich and deeply textured, but not at all heavy. This is a terrific showing from a Barsac that is both highly nuanced and also understated. (AG)
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