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Château Coutet, Sauternes-Barsac, Half BottleBordeaux, France 2011 (375mL)

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Château Coutet, Sauternes-Barsac, Half Bottle Bordeaux, France 2011 (375mL)

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“Talk about big things coming in small packages: Although it is nearly a decade old, this late-harvest nectar is still vibrating with youthful energy. The magic of these wines is on glorious display here.”

Château Coutet, owned by the Baly family since 1977, is one of Barsac’s largest and most prominent estates, with 35 hectares planted to Sémillon (75%), Sauvignon Blanc 23%), and Muscadelle (2%). It was originally constructed as a fort in the 13th century, and later caught the attention of American oenophile Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed that its wines were the best in the region. The name “Coutet” comes from an old French word for “knife,” which is appropriate given the sharp acidity displayed in the wines. 

Coutet’s 2011, which is fermented and aged in 80% new French oak barrels, is only now starting to display a few of the more savory, nutty “secondary” aromatic notes that come with time; on balance, this is still bursting with ripe fruits and fresh flowers. In the glass, it’s a bright burnished gold with flecks of orange and amber, with a heady aromatic attack: apricots, peaches, orange peel, mango, almonds, vanilla, yellow flowers, ginger, honeysuckle…the list goes on and on. It is full-bodied and viscous, but also citrusy and bright at the same time. The sweetness is moderated by the lively acid so that it finishes with freshness. There’s nothing cloying or weighty about it, which is why we recommend pairing it with savory foods. 

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBordeaux
  • Sub-RegionBarsac
  • SoilSand, Gravel, Clay
  • BlendSémillon 75%, Sauvignon Blanc 23%, Muscadelle 2%
  • Alcohol14%
  • Oak80% New French
  • Temp.Serve at 50-55° F
  • GlasswareAll-Purpose Whites
  • DrinkingNow-2040
  • DecantingOptional
  • PairingDrunken Prawns

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