2011 1er Cru Classé Barsac
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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)
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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
A really fine purity to the aromatics to this sample, showing a fine definition of precise yellow-gold fruit, pure and fresh. There is no denying the purity and elegant form here. It is certainly very restrained. The palate is surprisingly relaxed and still very fresh though. The first to impact is the soft and mellifluous sweetness of the wine, before the charged energy of the central core of acidity comes through. This is clearly very primary at present, with a touch of minty steel to it at times, and a need to meld together properly. But the potential is excellent. A lesson in forceful restraint. Rating: 18-19 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com
Slightly reductive note, and not very giving on the nose. Delicately fragrant lemon and apricot. Savoury/sour concentration lacking immediate appeal but has lovely depth of orange and apricot on the mid palate and lingers with a zesty, spicy freshness. A stayer. 2021-2035 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.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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