2003 Coutet Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 1.5L
  • WS 95
  • WA 92
  • IWC 92

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WS 95
Wine Spectator, March 2006
Honey apple tart and lemon rind. Full-bodied medium-sweet and very spicy with intense flavors of mace apple and honey. Long finish. Thick and powerful. Best after 2010. 4165 cases made.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2006
No tasting note was given.</P>
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2006
Bright yellow-gold. Sexy aromas of orange liqueur and spices. Sweet round and pure with a lush texture verging on unctuous. And yet this is wonderfully aromatic and light on its feet. Very ripe and very complex in the... Bright yellow-gold. Sexy aromas of orange liqueur and spices. Sweet round and pure with a lush texture verging on unctuous. And yet this is wonderfully aromatic and light on its feet. Very ripe and very complex in the mouth with harmonious acids framing the flavors of orange oil peach and spicy oak. Finishes very long ripe and seamless with lingering notes of oaky vanilla and spice. This has been a knockout since the outset.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Barsac
Vintage 2003

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.