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Coutet lover’s food and wine pairing


From Australia, wine lover Ian Vallance first visited Château Coutet in 2012. Since then, we have had the pleasure of staying in touch.

A couple months ago Ian mentioned his desire to organize a wine tasting dinner and asked for our advice in terms of food pairing ideas with gold wines. Ian shared with us the result -- a dinner that included Château Coutet's 1985, 1989 and 2003 vintages. The highlight of the dinner was the pairing of the 1985 vintage with a delicious flourless orange cake. Ian described the combination of the older vintage with his dessert's dark chocolate with orange segments and the dollop of crème as "Sensational!"

Thrilled to hear of this wonderful evening, we asked Ian a few questions about his love of Château Coutet, gold wines and wine in general...


1. How did you first discover Sauternes and Barsac wines, and Château Coutet more specifically?

Perhaps 30 years ago, a good friend introduced me to French Sauternes/Barsac and from that day on, I have been hooked. There is simply nothing like it in the world and they seem to keep forever.

2. What is your favourite moment to drink gold wines?

My favourite time to drink Sauternes/Barsac wines is when I am on my own -- and don't have to share! No, not true -- but to share a bottle of this type, it has to be with someone who enjoys it.

3. How do you enjoy your gold wine?

I tend to drink to pair these beautiful wines with a dessert on special occasions. However, I successfully have served it at the start of a dinner-- with turkey quenelles and a cranberry dressing for example.

4. How often do you organize tasting meals? Do you have a specific group of friends with who you organize tasting and food and wine pairings? How do you usually set up this type of event?

There are a couple of groups we socialize with -- one group is very serious about the wines we drink. We get together four to six times a year as a group, and whatever couple is hosting the event is responsible for the main course. The other three couples determine between themselves what they will bring and what wines will best match their course.

5. An all Sauternes meal is thrown by surprise at your place, what would you prepare?


• On small toasts, portions of a duck terrine and bacon jam
• Rolled smoked salmon around crème cheese (in the crème cheese, capers, salad onion and finely diced garlic chives)
• Puree carrot tarts (carrots boiled in orange juice c/w star anise, puréed, spooned into pastry shells (non-sweetened), topped with pan seared scallop, crème fraiche or natural yogurt, sprinkled with toasted nigella and sesame seeds and topped with coriander
• Smoked salmon and Mango go well together – simply on their own.


• Goats cheese (8cm in diameter x 1cm thick), fresh bread crumbs and shallow
fried, served on a plate with beetroot puree and mesclun salad. Dress salad with an emulsion of fresh herbs, olive oil, garlic and a dribble of maple syrup.

Main Course

• Salmon fillets, marinated in a balsamic / maple syrup. Half and half of the marinade, reduced by approximately 50%, marinated for approximately 30
minutes. Sear salmon in a hot nonstick pan such that the salmon is medium rare. Simply place on plate, dribble the reduction over the plate and salmon, and serve with asparagus – Al dente


• Roquefort served on plain baked toasts (fresh multigrain bread, rolled with a
rolling pin, and baked) and serve with a fresh fig and ginger paste. In the paste, I also add walnuts. Candied walnuts can be added to the plate.


• Flourless orange and chocolate cake.

Ian was nice enough to share his Orange Chocolate cake recipe for us to publish in our online cookbook. Enjoy! :

Flourless Orange Chocolate Cake

Ingredients for 6 people
2 oranges, with the skin on
Melted butter for greasing
6 large eggs
230gr / 1 ¾ cup sugar
250gr / 2 ½ cups ground almonds
1 heaped spoon baking powder
110gr / 1 ½ cup dark orange based chocolate (good quality ) – shaved / grated ( Lindt - dark
chocolate orange intense )
Grease proof paper

1. Place oranges in saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil, then simmer for 2 hours.
Drain and cool. Cut in half and remove the pips. Pulp everything - the pit, fruit and skin in a food

2. Beat the eggs, add the sugar, almonds and baking powder and mix well while adding the
pulped oranges.

3. Pour into the cake tin and bake for about 1 hour at 160°C / 320°F in the middle of the oven.

4. Cover cake with foil after about 40 minutes to stop browning and then back into the oven.

5. Remove from the oven and poor over the shaved or grated chocolate while the cake is still in
the tin. Remove when cool and store in an air tight container.

6. Serve with orange segments and "dollop" really thickened crème and a magnum of Château
Coutet, Barsac" 1985




Discovering Sauternes’ Great Trilogies of the 80s and 00s in Sydney

Langtons dinner 

Australian purveyor of fines wines, Langton's recently explored two of Sauternes and Barsac's historical trilogies via an intimate team tasting in Sydney with the wines of Chateau Coutet. The eighties and the first decade of the new century are very special to the gold wines of Bordeaux. It is during each of these two decades that a series of three great wines were produced back-to-back: 1988, 1989 and 1990, followed by 2009, 2010 and, finally, 2011. 


The tasting took place in a professional setting and the wines were served in two brackets with the most recent trilogy kicking off the event.

Praised for its complex, powerful and dense character, as well as its perfect balance, the 1989 was the clear favorite of the first trilogy. The second series of wine was slightly more difficult to discern due to the wines' youth and density. However, the 2010 vintage stood out for its opulence, excellent length and perfect balance.

This tasting experience proves showcased Château Coutet's reputation with the wines' great consistency in both quality and style (freshness and vividness).

Andrea Pritzker, a member of the Langton's team shared her notes:

Chateau Coutet 2009
Mid-depth yellow gold hue. Beautiful bouquet of candied Seville orange and marmalade leads into to a rich, unctuous, full-bodied palate replete with candied citrus and exotic tropical fruits. Shows signature Coutet incisive acidity, wonderful concentration and intensity. Beautifully balanced with superb length, finishing almost dry with lingering notes of candied ginger. An absolute stand-out. Delicious. Drink now-2039+

Chateau Coutet 2010
Vibrant gold hue. Opens with a complex bouquet of truffle and candied orange peel. The palate is luscious and highly intense, revealing notes of orange marmalade and freshly cut pineapple, balanced by vibrant acidity. Excellent length and persistence. An opulent Coutet, with impeccable balance and freshness. Drink now-2040+

Chateau Coutet 2011
Mid-depth vibrant gold hue. Restrained bouquet of truffle and mineral leads into a palate displaying notes of freshly sliced orange, lemon and pineapple, underpinned by vibrant acidity. Beautifully balanced with terrific length and persistence. An elegant Coutet, showing great clarity and purity of fruit. Drink now-2041+

Chateau Coutet 1988
Bright gold. Opens with a highly complex bouquet revealing in turns, notes of honey, candied orange, ginger and light caramel. The palate is equally beguiling, showing truffle, smoke, honey, dried herbs, savoury mushroom and underlying minerality. Lovely, delicate balance of sweetness and acidity. An enchanting Coutet, displaying all the beauty and complexity that comes with age. Drink now-2018+

Chateau Coutet 1989
Bright gold. Fragrant aromas of honey, marmalade and ginger lead into a luscious, honeyed palate displaying notes of candied orange peel and toffee. Excellent concentration and intensity with superb balance and length. A complex and unctuous Coutet, clearly in its prime. Drinking wonderfully now. Drink now-2019+

Chateau Coutet 1990
Deep gold. Savoury aromas of truffle and mineral lead into a lively palate replete with luscious honey, Seville orange marmalade, candied orange peel, savoury mushroom and burnt toffee. Wonderful poise. A rich, luscious Coutet showing beautiful tertiary complexity. Drink now-2020+


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The Château: Traced back to 1643, Château Coutet (pronounced Cootay or Cou-tett) is one of the oldest vineyards in France's Sauternes wine region. Standing over the main courtyard, the château's stout square tower with a flat crenellated top is believed to originate from the late 13th Century with a design typical of the military constructions from the time of Aquitaine's English occupation. A second tower, located in the property's most northern plot, is another example of the era's architecture. This Château Coutet landmark was built to breed pigeons and peacocks for the region's Gascon lords. Further elements from other centuries define the property's architectural style, including a 14th Century citadel ("La Sallasse" or "La Salace") and chapel, as well as two 18th Century towers. Château Coutet is also home to the longest Sauternes chai (vat room) with a 110-meter long cellar that houses more than 860 barrels, arranged into four single, parallel lines.

Lord of Coutet:
Prior to its origin as a wine producing estate, Château Coutet history is rather obscure. The first noted owner of the property, Charles le Guérin, referred to as Lord of Coutet, was a counselor at the Bordeaux Parliament. He purchased the estate in 1643 and then passed it on to his nephew, Jean le Pichard, in 1695. The latter's descendants owned Château Coutet until 1788. It was at this time that the former U.S. president Thomas Jefferson noted Château Coutet as the best Sauternes originating from Barsac. Research indicates that at this point in history the property was producing 135,000 liters. With a production volume comparable to that of Chateau d'Yquem, Chateau Coutet's plots must have extended beyond today's 38.5 hectares (95 acres). It is also interesting to note that the wines' prices were similar to the appellation's superior first growth at the time.

Alongside Château d'Yquem:
Later on the estate was acquired by Gabriel-Barthélémy-Romain de Filhot, president of the Bordeaux parliament and a cousin of the former owner. As a consequence of the French Revolution, Château Coutet was seized by the state of France in 1794 and Filhot was beheaded. However, the estate was not confiscated by the French government. As a result, when Filhot's daughter Marie-Geneviève married into the Lur Saluces family, she brought Château Coutet as part of her dowry. Château Coutet was inherited later on by Marquis Romain Bertrand de Lur Saluces, son of Marie-Geneviève de Filhot and Antoine-Marie de Lur-Saluces. At the time, the Marquis de Lur Saluces was also the owner of Château d'Yquem, Château de Fargues, Château Filhot and Château de Malle and thus the largest producer of sweet white wines in the world. Château Coutet was his only property in the commune of Barsac, where he labeled the wine "VIN de BARSAC de Mr. le Marquis de LUR SALUCES."

The 1855 Classification:
In 1855, in preparation of the Exposition Universelle de Paris, the Emperor Napoleon the III requested that the Bordeaux wine merchants classify the greatest Bordeaux estates according to their reputation. This was accomplished by interpreting the Chateaux prices and quantities traded. This classification not only identified to all the quality of the wines, but also and more important, the exceptional terroirs within each appellation. Château Coutet received its Premier Grand Cru classification as one of only two Barsac properties represented in this particular highly distinguishable tier, joined by only seven other Sauternes. Overtime, several estates were divided. Thus, today's First Growths consist of nine properties.

The Guy Family:
Château Coutet remained under the care of the Lur-Saluces family until 1922. For three brief years, the estate was in the care of the Société Immobilière des Grands Crus de France, owners of several classified growths in the Margaux appellation. This transaction separated the estate from Château d'Yquem. In 1925, Henry-Louis Guy, a hydraulic wine press manufacturer from Lyon, purchased the estate. Guy equipped the winery with his vertical presses, still used today at harvest time.
He died shortly thereafter and passed the estate onto his widow and her second husband, a former priest called Edmond Rolland. Managed by Mr. Rolland, it was during this period that the famous "Cuvée Madame" was first made by Château Coutet to honor his wife, Madame Rolland-Guy. This special reserve is only produced under very rare and extraordinary conditions; its most recent release is the 2001 vintage.

The Baly Family:
In 1977, the estate was sold to Marcel Baly, an Alsacian who fell instantly in love with the estate during the course of a vacation stop. With a bit of encouragement, Marcel, a true entrepreneur, could not turn down the challenge of transforming himself into a winemaker, even after a lifetime spent in the logistics and hospitality industries. Although Château Coutet was intended to be a retirement project, Marcel realized that leading a first classified growth with over 300 years of history was too great a responsibility: "We might make mistakes, but we do not fail." Equipped with his vision, determination and an undisputable strength in operations management, as well as his eldest sons, Philippe and Dominique, Marcel committed everything to continuing the estate's tradition.
The Baly team's first year was focused on observing the vineyard and the various cellar activities. What followed was the placement of a long-term commitment to restoring and re-planting the 38.5 hectares (95 acres) of vines, optimizing all the work processes and operations, rebuilding the cellar and winery and, finally, the château itself. Throughout the eighties, the family stayed focus on these first steps creating a strong technical foundation for today and for future generations. Today, Philippe and Dominique Baly, continue their father's program, accompanied by the family's third generation, represented by Marcel's grand-daughter, Aline, Dominque's daughter.

Baron Philippe de Rothschild, SA:
In 1994, Philippe and Dominique Baly signed an agreement with the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, giving exclusive distribution rights to her company, Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A. (www.bphr.com). This commercial as well as technical collaboration has accelerated the renewal of Château Coutet's worldwide reputation. Per this agreement, dated March 22, 1994, Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A. is the exclusive worldwide distributor for the totality of Château Coutet's wines:
Château Coutet, 1er Grand Cru Classé en 1855, AOC Barsac - The estate's first blend
La Chartreuse de Coutet, AOC Sauternes - The estate's second blend, first appearing in 1978
La Cuvée Madame de Château Coutet, AOC Barsac - The estate's reserve: only produced during exceptional years
Opalie de Château Coutet, AOC Bordeaux – The estate's new dry white, first vintage released 2010

Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux:
In 2005, Château Coutet joined the prestigious Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (www.ugcb.net). With 132 members, this group of Bordeaux's most notable estates travels throughout Europe, North America and Asia to develop traditional and new markets, promoting its members while representing the entire Bordeaux region. In numerous cities, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux coordinates trade, press and consumer events, ranging from tastings to gala dinners. Through its participation, Château Coutet reaches out to its supporters and educates the current and next generations of wine professionals and enthusiasts.

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The property encompasses 38.5 hectares (95 acres) of vines immediately surrounding the château on a flat plain 12 meters (40 feet) above sea level.

Château Coutet has a reddish-colored clay soil. A fine layer of gravel was deposited long ago by the Garonne River on certain vineyard plots, whereas others contain aeolian sand. Both cover a limestone sub-soil. Located between the Garonne and Ciron rivers, Château Coutet benefits from an optimal microclimate with the presence of autumn mists necessary for the spread of the Botrytis cinerea. Referred to as the “noble rot,” this fungus gradually intensifies the flavors in the grapes by forming a permeable film over the grapes that allows the evaporation of water and concentration of sugar while undertaking amulti-step interaction with the fruit. The result is a sweet nectar that is rich in distinct aromas, such as honeysuckle, quince and ginger.

Throughout the year, the viticulture team is keeping vigilance continuously on approximately 288,770 vines to assure the coming harvest. Although not much can be controlled in terms of climate, the quality of the work in the vineyard in an important component in determining the quality of the wine. Work begins at the conclusion of the previous harvest and requires a team of 20 full-timed trained individuals, who will carry out a number of different operations, most manually, throughout a period of nine months.

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Harvesting is done entirely by hand, one berry at a time, because grapes do not ripen at the same pace. In addition, the Botrytis cinerea attacks the vineyard sporadically. Therefore, grapes are picked over the course of several passages (tries) of the property, usually six to eight times, throughout the course of the harvest. To cover the entire estate, each tries takes a team of about 80 individuals an average of five days to complete.

The concentration that is ideal and thought after by the pickers is a must that reaches the 22 to 24 degrees of potential alcohol. A yield of this concentration is about 9 hectoliters per hectare (0.9 tons per acre).  At this quality level of excellence, one vine gives approximately one glass of Château Coutet.

Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes go through a vertical wine press three times. This system was installed in the early 1920s by the previous owners who were press manufacturers. 

The must is separated from its initial heavy sediment over a 24-hour period at low temperatures and then placed into new oak barrels for the alcoholic fermentation. This fermentation process takes approximately three to four weeks, to reach the ideal balance between alcohol, acidity and residual sugar. Aging takes place over the course of 18 months in the property’s cellar at a cool, constant temperature.

Bottling occurs after a final blend to ensure that Château Coutet’s production is homogeneous. Part of Château Coutet’s production is kept aside every year to make a second blend, “La Chartreuse de Coutet,” which is marketed under the Sauternes appellation.


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Inside information

Sauternes versus Barsac

The Sauternes appellation, located south of the city of Bordeaux, is part of the prestigious Bordeaux wine region. It is composed of two appellations whose terroir differ geologically: Sauternes and Barsac.

The appellation "Sauternes" per se, covers 4 communes, Preignac, Fargues, Sauternes and Bommes, lying between the Garonne and the Ciron rivers. The soil that characterizes this part of the appellation is mainly composed of sandy-clay and oyster limestone substrates from the Tertiary Period. At the time of the Melt Down, due to global warming, strong currents were created and the river, therefore swollen, transported and deposited alluvium and gravels by successive waves. Nowadays, the presence many gravels on the Sauternes terroir is the result of this phenomenon. This feature provides a significant element in the characteristics of wines produced in this region. Indeed, the gravels catch the sunlight, and therefore heat, during the day and return that heat to the vines during the night. Sauternes soils are, by consequence, warm soils. This specificity gives the wines a more intense liquor, offering a more pronounced sweetness on the palate, and sometimes a deeper opulence.

The appellation “Barsac”, located on the left bank of the Ciron, is also part of the Sauternes appellation. This means that all Barsacs are Sauternes, but all Sauternes are entitled to the appellation Barsac. An original soil characteristic justifies the existence of this appellation and the fact that it is being differentiated from other Sauternes.

Soils are differently composed on this side of the Ciron. They are characterized by clayey sands in rather thin layers, deposited on a limestone slab. Gravels that were deposited the same way as in the Sauternes appellation were swept by erosion and only a few boulders remain among the vines. These features give the appellation of Barsac, a cold sol in comparison with that of Sauternes, for clay and sand trap coolness and this freshness is then communicated to the plant. The wines of Barsac, therefore, occur most often cool and the sugar sensation on the palate is less intense than in the wines of Sauternes. In addition, limestone, very present on this appellation, brings a touch of minerality to the wine, which is rarely found in Sauternes.


The Sauternes appellation, under the influence of an oceanic climate, beneficiates from very specific local climate characteristics, and the term microclimate is actually mentioned. This microclimate occurs mainly in autumn, inside and around the famous triangle formed by the Garonne, the Ciron and the Landes forest.

At the end of summer, the combination of the rivers’ cold water and winds creates a thick fog in the morning, covering the vineyards and being retained by the Landes forest, farther south. Thanks to the humidity it brings, this fog promotes the development of the famous fungus, Botrytis cinerea, in the vines and on ripe berries. At midday, the fog evaporates by the action of sunlight and wind, and thus allows for the berries to dry and for their sugar to concentrate. This so-called “Noble Rot” is the result of this peculiar phenomenon occurring in the Sauternes appellation. 

Botrytis cinerea: the Noble Rot

Microscopic fungus, the Botrytis cinerea thrives in humid environments. It attacks the ripe grape berries and by sporulation, make their skin porous. Then follows the evaporation of the berries’ water and consequently the concentration of sugar. This is known as noble rot. Berries become purplish, and shrivel. At the same time, the fungus does a fabulous job of aromatic development. Indeed, a botrytised berry may contain up to 100 times more aroma precursors (which will lead to the development of future aromas) than on a healthy berry. Noble rot, which guarantees the quality of the harvest, also substantially reduces its volume.

Generally slow and inhomogeneous, the fungus’s spread in the vineyard rarely occurs all at once. Several successive passages in different plots are needed to select only the berries or parts of clusters that have reached a sufficient concentration level for the elaboration of sweet wine. 

Grape Varietals

Three varieties may be grown for the production of a wine of Sauternes: Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle. All are sensitive to rot and therefore have the quality required for the elaboration of the precious nectar. 

Sémillon is the king varietal in the appellation, is virtually nonexistent elsewhere. It is the varietal that makes up the wine's structure by providing full and silky characters, but also aromatic finesse to the wine. It harmonizes the wine federating the various varietals at the final blend.

Sauvignon blanc brings freshness to the wine, as well as aromas of citruses and boxwood.

Muscadelle, usually included in small amounts in the Sauternes blend, brings some complexity to the wine, as well as a spicy touch.

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 Tuula Hällström, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Coutet . In a tasting of  9 wines 

My country, Finland, celebrates it's 100-Anniversary on this year and we honoured it by tasting several wines from 1917 - the best ones were Château Lafleur-Petrus 1917, Moet & Chandon Imperial 1917, Coutet 1917 ...

12d 14h ago

 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Coutet . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Le Cinq "Wine Legends" Dinner with wines like Bouchard 1865, Beycheville 1899, DRC Conti 1940, DRC Richebourg 1942, Margaux 1928, Latour 1929, Mouton 1949, Petrus 1949, 1955, 1959, and 1966 etc.

3m 15d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Coutet . In a tasting of  126 wines 

Every now and again one stumbles across a paradox that confounds the accepted natural order of things. The 2016 Bordeaux vintage was born out of a growing season that was near-catastrophe and near-perfection. After the Hesperian Dragon’s relentless torment, the Titan God Atlas had seemingly kept the sky aloft with the help of a Phoenix. Following five months of diabolical weather patterns, a warm to hot dry summer arrived in the nick of time, not only saving a vintage, but creating one of the most spectacular vintages in a lifetime.

 The sense of relief in Bordeaux must have been as thrilling as avoiding the bullet of Russian Roulette, or the adrenalin of surviving a base-jump. The razor’s edge has never been so exquisitely fine. While the end result is not always perfect, with the odd abrasions here and there, the overall quality of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage is remarkably consistent with many Chateaux making some of their best wines in 50 years. Typically, the wines have deep colours, pure fruit aromatics, generous saturated flavours, dense rich tannin structures and bell clear acidities. Precision, freshness, elegance, smoothness and “delicate opulence” are words that are being used by various Chateaux to describe their wines.

 The Bordelais are, of course, the world’s greatest spin doctors. They leave snake charmers for dead when it comes to the art of mesmerising. The newly opened and impressive Cité du Vin, which sits on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux, sparkles like a polished turd; a monument to the exaggerations and optimism of this particular type of fine wine game. Momentum is achieved through belief. There is no room for wavering or self-doubt.

5m 27d ago

 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Coutet . In a tasting of  161 wines 

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

5m 28d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Coutet . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

6m 3d ago

 Juerg Richter / Sauternes Expert, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  tasted  41 wines  from  Château Coutet . In a tasting of  41 wines 

Château Coutet 1893-2009. The Château Coutet vines' deep roots extract elements from its terroir to give the grapes freshness, richness and strength. For this reason the estate carries the name "Coutet,” derived from the Gascon's word for knife, to signify the fresh, lively and crisp palate that is the wine's signature style. In its youth, the wines display generous notes of white flowers, citrus fruits, honey and vanilla. Ginger and pineapple are very typical aromas in a young Château Coutet. 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 Château Coutet a delicate and unique bouquet that is unsurpassed.

8m 14d ago

Château Coutet 1984, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1986, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1988, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1989, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1990, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 2001, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 2009, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1898, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1897, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1959, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1893, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1921, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1920, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1924, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1900, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1928, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1943, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1909, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1929, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1947, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1913, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1934, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1948, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1914, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1937, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1949, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1916, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1942, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1953, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1917, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1955, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1918, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1960, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1975, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1967, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1919, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1957, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1971, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1961, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1962, Château Coutet
Château Coutet 1964, Château Coutet

 Antti Korpela, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Coutet . In a tasting of  15 wines 

Very rare and excellent Penfolds Bin 60 A 1962 - 97 points.

9m 27d ago

 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Coutet . In a tasting of  23 wines 

The second day of the 100-Tasting offered a lots of great Champagnes. My best were Krug 1998, Dom Pérignon P2 Rosé 1995, Cristal 1996, Krug Clos du Mesnil 1998 etc.

1y 11d ago

 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Coutet . In a tasting of  61 wines 

“I did have quite great expectations for 2015 vintage while tasting barrel samples in two first weeks in April 2016. Mainly because I witnessed during 10 days stay in Bordeaux (28.09 - 08.10), exceptional quality of grapes, their ripeness inside and outside, and very favourable weather in September and October, which promised so much. Expectations weren't fulfilled 100% unfortunately. Anyway, 2015 has nothing to be ashamed of!”

1y 4m ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Coutet . In a tasting of  104 wines 

“Bordeaux Vintage 2015 Part I / Vieux Château Certan 2015:100 points: Deep colour. Fresh aromatic musky dark plum aromas with praline, fine espresso, vanilla oak. Sweet dark cherry, musky plum praline violet flavours, beautiful long fine chalky silky tannins, superb savoury oak complexity and mid palate viscosity.  Fine dry grainy finish with beautiful flavour length. A very sophisticated wine with lovely freshness and line. Finesse and elegance. ”

1y 6m ago

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