|Sémillon, Muscadelle, Sauv Blanc
|1er Cru Classé
The 2011 Coutet comes across a little one-dimensional on the nose, with honeysuckle and quince, but missing some complexity. The palate is well balanced with a gorgeous texture, fine acidity, very pure and harmonious with quince and touches of peach towards the poised finish. Superb. Tasted blind at the annual 10-Year-On tasting. Drinking range: 2022 - 2040 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2022)
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The 2011 Coutet is pale lemon-gold in color and has a lovely musk perfume with honeyed white peaches and pink grapefruit plus hints of beeswax and spiced pears. It's elegant and refreshing in the mouth with great purity and a savory finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 91 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (Aug 2018)
Bright golden yellow. Ripe tropical fruit, peach, marzipan and honey on the captivating nose, complicated by ample botrytis of crystalline purity. Big, dense and suave on the palate, with rich, ripe peach and apricot flavors lifted by a bright floral note. Finishes very long and creamy, with hints of earth and herbs. With 6 g/l total acidity and 155 g/l residual sugar, this marvelously balanced wine magically combines power and refinement. Another great Coutet in the making. Rating: 95 Ian d'Agata, www.vinousmedia.com (Jul 2014)
To be honest, I expected the 2011 Coutet to come rushing out of the blocks like Doisy-Daene; however it is not playing that game. Instead, it is almost Zen-like upon first acquaintance before revealing its life-affirming mineral aromas and traces of apricot and white peach that remain very subtle and yet tangibly there. The palate is medium-bodied with exceptional balance. There is a real sense of synergy between component parts; nothing out of place, everything focused and succinctly composed, with its trademark sense of thrilling tension on the finish. This is sheer class and a classic Coutet to add to the canon of great recent vintages. Drinking range: 2014 - 2035 Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.vinous.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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