2010 1er Cru Classé Barsac
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Tasted twice this year and disappointingly seemed to be lacking the jewel-like definition that it has had in the best recent vintages, substituting it for a greater thickness and power. This is a pity. A bit just very flat and sweet - although judging by other notes I'm the one who is out of whack on this. Rating: 90 L&S (Apr 2011)
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The 2010 Coutet, a blend of 75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle, is pale lemon-gold in color with a nose that explodes with decadent pineapple, mango and lemon meringue pie notes with touches of acacia honey, candle wax and yuzu. Full-on opulent in the mouth, the palate sings with concentrated citrus and tropical fruit layers, finishing long and honeyed. This has 160 grams per liter of residual sugar. Drinking range: 2018 - 2040 Rating: 95 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (Sep 2018)
This has the classic freshness and zip of a Barsac, balancing an impressive 145 grams of residual sugar. Racy and crisp on the palate with pear and spice, lots of peachy sweetness and a tang of grapefruit pith. The high percentage of Sauvignon Blanc is significant here. 8+ years. Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com
A remarkable residual sugar of 169 g/l. There is lifted, rather minerally fruit on the nose here, honeyed, dense and yet chalky altogether. Great substance, very pure, polished, with a floral edge to the relaxed fruit character. A lovely grainy substance to the texture of the wine with a tight grip, surely denoting a wealth of botrytis substance here, with superb citrus tones over the top and vibrant acidity. Very dense and not short of length and character at all. This is a superb Coutet, one that is undoubtedly set for the long haul. Rating: 17.5-18.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com
Barsac Premier Cru 1855 A square tower indicates the origins of Château Coutet as a 13th Century fortification. Indeed the château is a mixture of various styles added at various times in its long history. At the turn of the 19th Century, Château Coutet came into the possession of the Lur-Saluces family, owners of Château d'Yquem, and they owned it until 1923. Since 1977, Coutet has been owned by the Baly family, represented today by brothers Dominique and Philippe. Château Coutet is one of the two Premier Cru properties in Barsac (the other being Château Climens). There are 38.5ha of vineyard, given over 75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle. Wines are fermented in wood (50% new) and aged for up to 18 months.
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