2011 Coutet Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 375ML

  • WS 98
  • IWC 96
  • WE 96
  • JS 93
  • WA 93

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WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2012
This is really packed with heather golden raisin dried pineapple fresh white peach quince and honey notes all woven beautifully together. The long pure singing finish has loads in reserve.-J.M.
IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2012
Pale yellow-gold. Pure high-toned aromas of apricot honey marzipan and sweet spices. A firm core of acidity and strong spice character give verve and definition to the very sweet apricot peach nectar and marzipan... Pale yellow-gold. Pure high-toned aromas of apricot honey marzipan and sweet spices. A firm core of acidity and strong spice character give verve and definition to the very sweet apricot peach nectar and marzipan flavors. This very racy and delineated wine boasts exellent intensity to its juicy flavors and finishes very long rich and spicy with smooth if assertive tannins. Very Barsac in style.
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2015
Well balanced, this gorgeous ripe wine is packed full of fresh yellow fruits, ripe oranges and lemon. The fruit counterpoints the generous, dense structure, offering the dry core of botrytis. Acidity gives a line of... Well balanced, this gorgeous ripe wine is packed full of fresh yellow fruits, ripe oranges and lemon. The fruit counterpoints the generous, dense structure, offering the dry core of botrytis. Acidity gives a line of freshness at the end. Drink from 2020.
JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2014
This sweet white is quite oily, with dried-pineapple and mango character. It’s full-bodied, very sweet and juicy on finish. Thick and rich. Drink now or hold.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2015
Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The 2011 Château Coutet has a distinctive but attractive bouquet: clear honey, rosewater, peach and just a touch of barley sugar that pins it down to Barsac. The... Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The 2011 Château Coutet has a distinctive but attractive bouquet: clear honey, rosewater, peach and just a touch of barley sugar that pins it down to Barsac. The palate is medium-bodied and viscous in texture. There is more harmony here than the nose, nicely understated with quince and barley sugar, dovetailing into an elegant finish. I would prefer just a touch more weight and persistence but otherwise this is a fine Sauternes even if it does not quite meet my expectations from barrel, primarily since it is just missing Coutet's usual razor-sharp acidity that imparts such electricity into its finest vintages. Nevertheless, this will provide much pleasure over the next two or three decades. - Neal Martin
JJB 97
Geoffrey Binder - JJ Buckley, April 2012
90% Semillon 8% sauvignon blanc and 2% muscadelle. Planted on silica-rich gravel and mixed clay and gravel soil resting on the signature limestone bedrock. Barrel fermented then aged in 100% new oak. This shows stunning... 90% Semillon 8% sauvignon blanc and 2% muscadelle. Planted on silica-rich gravel and mixed clay and gravel soil resting on the signature limestone bedrock. Barrel fermented then aged in 100% new oak. This shows stunning freshness and focus from start to finish. Packed with crushed rocks and a chalky minerality supporting wonderfully fresh and ripe fruit. Well evolved and focused with white and yellow stone fruit orange rind coconut and tropical fruit notes. A complex fruit driven yet wonderfully spicy wine. Enjoy over the next 10-25 years.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Barsac
Vintage 2011

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.