1998 Coutet Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 375ML

  • WA 93
  • IWC 92
  • NM 92

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2000
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IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2001
Pale yellow. Subtle aromas of peach pineapple orange peel and honey. Very rich concentrated and fleshy; bright acidity gives the fruit salad flavors lovely inner-mouth lift and perfume. Quite suave but also powerful... Pale yellow. Subtle aromas of peach pineapple orange peel and honey. Very rich concentrated and fleshy; bright acidity gives the fruit salad flavors lovely inner-mouth lift and perfume. Quite suave but also powerful. Finishes rich sweetly oaky and long. I underrated this wine a year ago from barrel.
NM 92
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2010
The '98 Coutet has a slightly lighter colour than the '01. It has a typical Barsac bouquet that is fresh and well defined with aromas of pear dried apricot mango and a faint adhesive aroma that is actually quite... The '98 Coutet has a slightly lighter colour than the '01. It has a typical Barsac bouquet that is fresh and well defined with aromas of pear dried apricot mango and a faint adhesive aroma that is actually quite attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with an attractive viscous entry notes of spice ginger a touch of lemon curd dried lemon and Seville orange marmalade. It shows a little more harmony than the '01 at this stage very good length. Excellent. Drink now-2025+ Tasted April 2010.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Barsac
Vintage 1998

Label

In its youth, Chateau Coutet displays generous notes of white flowers, citrus fruits, honey and vanilla. Ginger and pineapple are very typical aromas in a young release. Time brings out deeper, warmer notes in which spices combine with exotic nectars and candied fruits, such as gingerbread mingled with marmalade. Age also enhances the harmony of its roasted botrytis character and its distinct aromas to give Chateau Coutet a delicate and unique bouquet that is unsurpassed.

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.