2013 1er Cru Classé Barsac
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Unctuous and ripe, with mouthfilling almond cream, ginger, heather honey and apricot flavors, this will need time to unwind fully, but when it does, expect more pineapple, maple and singed orange notes, as this has some depth and power in reserve, with more than enough cut for balance. A beauty in the making. Drinking range: 2018 - 2038 Rating: 96 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Jan 2016)
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Pale gold. Lively, pure fruit cocktail aromas complicated by honey and spice. Dense, pure and very intense, with electric acidity giving terrific lift to the botrytis-rich flavors of banana flambé, ginger and ripe mango. The finish is remarkably clean and long, with chewy tannins. A very impressive Coutet, though it strikes me, in perfect 2013 style, as much less massive and rich than usual. Rating: 91-94 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website
Lush rich ripe the nose has depth and sweetness and the palate is sumptuous and fleshy. There is a lovely mix of flavours candied peel, ripe apricot and Christmas cake yet the underlying freshness helps to balances. The finish has depth sweetness and power. 2020-35. Rating: 91-95 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk
The elegance that is typical of Barsac generally and a this château in particular is gloriously apparent in this sweet wine, which ranks among the best of the vintage. Floral, perfumed and stylish, with a hint of smoky reduction, gentle oak and a poised, nuanced finish. 2016-24 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.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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