2000 Chateau Coutet
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $34.94 (reg. $54.94)
"Château Coutet is a superb Barsac wine sold at reasonable prices."
- Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Sauternes lovers know Coutet for its historic ownership by the former proprietors of d'Yquem, and it borders the well-regarded Chateau Climens, but the real draw for Coutet is their iconic terroir that delivers a consistently balanced house style year after year.
What’s more, it's relatively recent hot-streak from the 1990’s to present means it lacks that long shadow of reputation that inflates prices. These stars align to bring 750ml bottles of Coutet for a rarely seen price under $35!
In contrast to its well-known neighbors, Coutet is known for a racy freshness and powerful minerality thanks to a distinctive streak of limestone that cuts through the Barsac sub-appellation. That refreshing acidity is precisely why Sauternes of this style (particularly from such top-shelf terroir) should be well-aged. The complexity that develops in bottle makes it exceptionally versatile with food, not just your classic foie or cheese pairing.
We opened a bottle of this last week and it's in fine form - a quintessential example of mature Sauternes! The 2000 Coutet's gorgeous unbridled softness is carried all the way to the back of your palate leaving traces of sweet stone fruit, brioche, and brulee in its path. Cheers!