A highly regarded estate in Barsac, the 2016 has crystalline fruit and a great intensity of freshness on the palate. The aromas have a hint of botrytis honeysuckle and marmalade, but the wine is focused more on its central core of ripe fruit. It is rich, unctuous, viscous, but ultimately well judged, with bright freshness. CP
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. Drink Date 2021 - 2045
RS 153 g/l, TA 3.8 g/l. Correct but somewhat restrained nose, particularly in comparison with Clos Haut-Peyraguey. Just a little dull. Not the juiciest. Not the sweetest. Very youthful. 13.7% Drink 2025-2040
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.
The 2016 Coutet is bold, immediate and delicious. Ripe pear, tangerine, spice, mint and dried flowers build into the soft, caressing finish. This is an especially discreet, understated style with less overt sweetness than is found in many other wines.
Oh that's lovely. Ginger and sumac spice, and a gorgeous richness with the perfect balance of minerality. Rich but pure botrytis character and gently curling smoky notes leap out of the glass. Amazing persistency, easily one of the best wines in the tasting. This is excellent; succulent and mouthwatering.
Stunning freshness coupled with patisserie notes and lemon balm freshness this is a slippery-smooth wine with beautiful control and a lovely long finish. It will drink well as a young wine and also, I anticipate, as a 25-year-old wine, too.
Coutet’s wines are refined, restrained and refreshing in the richest of vintages, so in a year like 2016, they are even more so. This is a focused, taut, beautifully balanced Barsac with subtle reduction, citrus and grapefruit notes and a dusting of vanilla spice.
Château Coutet is one of Bordeaux's oldest wine producing estates. Its original owner Charles Le Guerrin, was lord of Coutet.In 1977, the estate was sold to Marcel Baly, who immediately undertook extensive rennovations. Two of his sons, Philippe and Dominique, have since the continued and extended the renovation. This invloved restoring and re-planting the 95 acres of walled vinyards, rebuilding the cellars and winery and finally restoring the Château itself.
It is not an exaggeration to say that these are the greatest sweet wines in the world. They are the result of a serendipitous marriage of grape variety, location, annual weather conditions and human care and determination. The vineyards are located on the banks of the cool spring-fed Ciron river which, in autumn, flows into the warmer tidal Garonne and creates rolling evening mists which clothe the vines until the afternoon sun burns them off the following day. This cycle creates perfect conditions for the development of botrytis cinerea or noble rot, and the resulting grape juice is a super concentrated sweet, ambrosial nectar which makes the most heavenly and complex wines with extraordinary ability to age. In 1855 the wines were classified into first and second growths, with Ch d'Yquem rightly receivingits own super status of premier grand cru. Other stunning wines include Chx Sudiraut, Rieussec, Coutet and Climens. While seductively fragrant and sweet when young, if you can bear to wait, you will be amply rewarded with lusciously rich, exotically complex wine.