Chateau Coutet 2016

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COSE201610 UCAU
  • Fresh, dense, suave and remarkably balanced
  • Extra vibrancy and excitement - fantastic dessert wine
  • "With its balanced acidity and opulence, it is going to be a great wine." Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
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    $97.99
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  • Andrew Caillard
    97 points
  • Wine Enthusiast
    97* points
  • James Suckling
    95* points
  • Wine Spectator
    95* points
  • Neal Martin
    93* points

Editors notes

A blend of 75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle.

The nose is characterised by dominant citrus aromas, such as orange and grapefruit. It also shows notes of pineapple, peach, vanilla and broom flower with a hint of toasted brioche. The attack is powerful, generous and offers good unctuousness. A beautiful freshness appears on the mid-palate, accompanied by a suave and dense character, making a remarkably balanced wine. Finally, the typical vivacity of the Barsac appellation imposes itself on the finish.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Lemon
    • Mineral
    • White Flowers
  • Palate
    • Lemon Zest
    • Slate
    • Stonefruit

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Andrew Caillard MW

    97
    "Pale colour. Fragrant honey, lemon glacé aromas with hints of marzipan and herbs. Generously proportioned palate with attractive grapefruit, mandarin, crystalline lemon flavours, fine supple sweet textures and underlying toasty oak. Finishes chalky and sweet with persistent fresh acidity. Pretty classic. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus."
  • Wine Enthusiast

    97*
    "Barrel Sample. This wine is dense, mingling spicy nutmeg along with superb ripe honey and marmalade flavors. With its balanced acidity and opulence, it is going to be a great wine. 95-97 points. Roger Voss"
  • James Suckling

    95*
    "Oily and dense with lots of sliced-cooked-pineapple, honey and light spice character. Full body and a long and spicy finish. Lasts a long time on the palate. Barrel Sample: 94-95 Points."
  • Wine Spectator

    95*
    "Plump, with a mouthful of tangerine, peach and clementine notes laced with a ginger thread. A twinge of bitter orange adds cut on the finish. 92-95 points."
  • Neal Martin

    93*
    "The 2016 Coutet has an intriguing bouquet, more exotic than I have noticed in the past, scents of tangerine and dried pineapple, not quite the mineral drive that I expect from Coutet. The palate is serviced back to normal: a very fine line of acidity, great delineation, taut and focused with a brisk and precise finish. I just hope that the aromatics get their house in order during the barrel maturation so that it matches the palate. At the moment, I will be prudent with my score. 91-93 points. Drink Date: 2021 - 2045"

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux produces some of the most highly sought after and revered wines in the world. Located close to the coast, in the south-west of France the town and is divided by the Gironde River. Wines to the west of the river are referred to as left bank, and are Cabernet dominant. To the East of the river, on the right bank Merlot is the dominant grape variety. Throughout the 57 appellations, over 10,000 wine-making châteaux grow the red grapes; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. These are commonly blended and collectively referred to as clarets. Smaller amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is also grown in Bordeaux.

In 1855, due to the high export demands of Bordeaux wines, Emporer Napoleon III requested an official Bordeaux classification system, based on market costs of the wines at the time. The Chateaux were classified in to five ‘growths’ from first growth to fifth growth and cru Bourgois. Also in 1855 The Sauternes and Barsac classification covered the sweeter wines, with Chateau d’Yquem the only Superior First Growth, followed by Premiers Crus and Deux Deuxièmes Crus.

Barsac

Barsac is one of the top appellations in Bordeaux, France, for producing rich, opulent sweet wines. The appellation sits on the left bank of the Garonne River, near where that river meets the Ciron River. The cold waters of the Ciron merging with the warmer flows of the Garonne creates the perfect early-morning misty conditions for cultivating Botrytis cinerea (‘noble rot’) – a beneficial fungus that attacks grapes and concentrates their sugars. Typically warm, sunshiny afternoons then enable the grapes to dry, ensuring that noble rot does not turn into grey rot – an undesirable outcome. Grapes with noble rot can produce wines of greater concentration, acidity, and complexity. Barsac wines are generally made from botrytised Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle grapes. These decadent wines feature aromas and flavours of tropical fruits, stone fruit, honey, and almonds.

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About the brand Chateau Coutet

The best Sauternes from Barsac, as rated by US President Thomas Jefferson in 1787, Chateau Coutet has a long-standing record of excellence. The winery's exceptional terroir benefits from old vines with exceptionally deep roots that concentrate the flavours of the fruit. The signature misty microclimate and noble rot of the Sauternes region thrives at Chateau Coutet.

Chateau Coutet has a rich architectural and regional history. The winery itself is an English fortress built in the 13th Century, and has been a winemaking estate in 1643. Rated as 1er Cru since 1855, this is the oldest and largest estate in the Barsac region.

Typically, a Chateau Coutet wine offers generous notes of honey, flowers, citrus and vanilla, with warm notes of spice, nuts and candied fruits developing over time.

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