Coutet 2018

SubregionSauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White

Coutet is one of the leading Chateaux in the Barsac sub-district of Sauternes.The 38.5 hectares of vines are planted 75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle.

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Tasting Notes

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: 91/93Neal Martin,, November 2019

Pleasant center palate to this young Barsac. Medium-bodied and very sweet, but lacks a bit of botrytis for me.

Score: 91/92James Suckling,, 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%
Drink 2025-2035

Score: 16.5Julia Harding MW,, 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: 94Jane Anson,, 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,, April 2019

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