1989 Coutet Cuvee Madame
Sauternes Blend - 750ML

  • WA 95
  • WS 90

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WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 1995
Tiny quantities are made of Coutet's Cuvee Madame a spectacularly rich Barsac that along with Yquem is the quintessential example of what heights a great sweet wine can achieve. The 1988 1989 and 1990 vintages are nearly... Tiny quantities are made of Coutet's Cuvee Madame a spectacularly rich Barsac that along with Yquem is the quintessential example of what heights a great sweet wine can achieve. The 1988 1989 and 1990 vintages are nearly perfect wines. The 1990 is the richest and most powerful but the 1988's extraordinary perfume is other-worldly. All three wines offer a profound bouquet of smoky toasty new oak combined with honeyed peaches and apricots as well as coconuts and a touch of creme brulee. With extraordinarily rich full-bodied marvelously extracted personalities as well as wonderful underlying acidity these are spectacular wines.As a postscript many readers may not realize that Coutet's Cuvee Madame is only released in great vintages. It is produced from the oldest vines and most botrysized grapes. The first vintage produced was 1943 followed by 1949 1950 1959 1971 1975 1981 1986 and the three vintages reviewed in this issue. -Robert Parker
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 1995
Super-sweet super-ripe but not any better than the regular bottling. Dark color with a brilliant gold hue and very intense aromas of butterscotch vanilla honey and apricot. Drink now through 2000.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Barsac
Vintage 1989

Winery

Coutet

An English fortress built in the 13th century, Chateau Coutet became a wine producing estate in 1643. Previously owned by the Lur-Saluces family, it was once home to Chateau d’Yquem’s horse stables, transformed in the 19th century into a 110-meter long cellar, the longest in the appellation.

The estate has 38.5 hectares under vines which is primarily planted with Semillon and smaller amounts of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. The vines' deep roots extract elements from a limestone and clay-based soil, giving the grapes freshness, richness and strength. For this reason the wine carries the name "Coutet,” derived from the Gascon word for knife, to signify the fresh, lively and crisp palate that is the estate's signature style.

In 1787, former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, then ambassador to France, celebrated Chateau Coutet as the best Sauternes from Barsac. In 1855, the estate was classified as a First Growth and recognized for its continued excellence. Today, as the oldest and largest Barsac estate, Chateau Coutet stays true to its tradition of distinction and quality. The finest Barsac-Sauternes is produced annually under the direction and management of the Baly family as well as the technical and commercial collaboration of the Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A. company.