The 2018 Coutet is more backward than its peers, but it is well defined with dried honey, white flowers and subtle saffron scents. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity courtesy of its limestone soils. This has good tension even if the finish would benefit from more complexity. There is a lovely spicy aftertaste that hangs around for 30+ seconds, completing a very appealing Coutet that should give three decade's of drinking pleasure. Drink 2023-2050.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
Pleasant center palate to this young Barsac. Medium-bodied and very sweet, but lacks a bit of botrytis for me.
|Score: 91/92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
Mid gold, cloudy. Orange and apricot suggest a high level of botrytis. Spicy, full-flavoured with those fruits and a touch of barley sugar. A slight grip in the texture. Bold and spicy and just enough freshness to balance. 13.2%
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Bright gold in colour with a rich and toasty nose of dried fruits, sweet vanilla and a hint of marmalade. The palate is rich and heady, with a thick texture and oodles of dried, honeyed fruit. Tinned peaches, grilled pineapple and frangipane all come through on the long finish.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
There is clear quality here, with good persistency and some lovely minerality, if relatively little acidity. It has a strong golden colour, suggesting concentration, followed by luscious fruit flavours through the palate of apricot, peach, nectarine and cantaloupe melon, and bitter herbs on the finish. 50% new oak was used. A yield of just 3hl/ha.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2040
|Score: 94||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019|
(75 Semillon, 23 Sauvignon Blanc, 2 Muscadelle) Classy and rather well-balanced, albeit from an introverted point of view, this is a firm and intense Coutet and I like the length and also the intensity of the flavour here.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|