2022 Chateau Coutet Sauternes Blend

Sauternes Blend - 750ML
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JL 96 TWI 96 VN 96 JS 94 DC 93
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2023

(94-96 points) Flowers, pineapples, mango, apricot and candied lemon notes get the wine going. The palate, with its layers of sweet, ripe and overripe, honeyed yellow, and orange fruits is fresh, long, intense, balanced...
TWI 96

The Wine Independent, June 2023

(94 - 96 points) A blend of 94% Semillon, 5% Sauvignon Blanc, and 1% Muscadelle, with 158 g/L residual sugar, the 2022 Coutet is pale to medium straw in color. After a little swirling, the nose erupts with gorgeous lime...
VN 96

Vinous, May 2023

(VN 94-96 points) The 2022 Coutet has a beautifully-defined nose with pure botrytised fruit: tangerine, saffron, honeysuckle and orange rind hints. This has impressive focus. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, April 2023

(93-94 points) Tempting dried fruit here with spice and floral character. Full and creamy with attractive acidity and a textural finish.
DC 93

Decanter, April 2023

Bight and fun, a lovely easy, clean and sleek texture, quite straight with focus and a sense of cool freshness on the palate with some soft bitter edges that are so appealing. Has a great frame, slowly expands, not so...


Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Barsac
Vintage 2022
Size 750ML
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2022 Chateau Coutet is a remarkable white wine hailing from the Barsac sub-region of Bordeaux, France. With its elegant and refined character, this Sauternes Blend is truly a treasure for wine enthusiasts.

In the glass, the Chateau Coutet displays a beautiful golden hue, reminiscent of a sun-kissed summer morning. The nose is immediately captivated by an enchanting bouquet of flowers, pineapples, mango, apricot, and candied lemon. These aromas intertwine harmoniously, creating a symphony of tropical and citrus notes that dance gracefully.

On the palate, the wine reveals its true splendor. Layers of sweet, ripe, and overripe honeyed yellow and orange fruits envelop the senses, delivering a luscious and opulent experience. The balance achieved in this wine is nothing short of extraordinary, as the intense flavors are seamlessly integrated with a refreshing acidity. The Chateau Coutet is a true testament to the artistry of winemaking.

Renowned wine critic Jeff Leve awards this vintage an impressive score of 96 points, praising its freshness, length, intensity, and, most importantly, its deliciousness. James Suckling also recognizes the wine's allure, awarding it 94 points and noting its tempting dried fruit, spice, and floral character. Decanter echoes these sentiments, awarding the Chateau Coutet with 93 points and describing it as bright, fun, and sleek with a focus and cool freshness on the palate. Vinous, with a score ranging from 94 to 96 points, commends the wine's beautifully-defined nose, medium-bodied palate, fine acidity, and persistent finish.

The 2022 Chateau Coutet is a wine that demands attention and admiration. With its impeccable craftsmanship and exceptional quality, it is sure to captivate the palates of discerning wine connoisseurs. This remarkable white wine is destined to age gracefully, promising to delight for decades to come.