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  • 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

Tasting Notes

Colour Golden-Yellow
Nose 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.
Palate 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.
Food Pairing Fois Gras.
Cellaring 15 Plus Years
Notes A blend of 75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle.
Variety SSB / SBS Blend
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Barsac
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
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.
Andrew Caillard MW
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
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
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
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
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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