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The 2015 Coutet is pale lemon colored with intense grapefruit, lemon pie and pineapple notes with touches of crushed rocks, honeycomb and lime zest plus a waft of orange blossoms. Rich, opulent and layered with loads of tropical and citrus notes, it has wonderful freshness, finishing long. Drinking range: 2018 - 2048 Rating: 95 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, RobertParker.com (Sep 2018)
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Showing the elegance and lightness of touch that is the hallmark of this château’s sweet wines, this is refreshing yet effortlessly concentrated, with white flowers and peaches on the nose, subtle cinnamon oak, plenty of mid-palate weight and tangy acidity. Just as impressive as the 2014. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2016)
Looks very substantial in the glass. Floral nose. Massive weight. This tastes very ripe indeed and with considerable botrytis influence. Quite a dramatic statement! Though the finish is surprisingly dry and appetising. Drinking range: 2028 - 2050 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2016)
The 2015 Coutet comes with 153 grams per liter of residual sugar at 13.8% alcohol. It has a fragrant bouquet with acacia honey, citrus scents and a touch of melted butter, all very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive purity, those limestone soils imparting the acidity that defined this Barsac, and lending great precision and tension on the live-wire finish. This is a wonderful Coutet that feels energetic - a compressed spring coil that will drink earlier than the likes of Climens or de Fargues, but has the DNA to age gracefully over 25-30 years. Drinking range: 2019 - 2050 Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2016)
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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