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    2020-2035

The Story

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.

Area under vines: 38.5 hectares (95 acres)

Grape varieties:

- 75% Sémillon

- 23% Sauvignon blanc

- 2% Muscadelle

Soil: Clay with a limestone sub-soil

Average age of the vines: 38 years

Planting density: 7,500 plants per hectare (3,000 plants per acre)

Vineyard management: "Taille à Cot" (traditional Sauternes pruning) and rational cultivation

Harvest: By hands (successive passes, called tries)

Average yield: 9 hL/ha (0.9 ton per acre)

Ageing: 18 months in French oak barrels, 70 to 100% new 

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Pale colour. Fragrant honey, lemon glacé aromas with hints of marzipan and herbs. Generously proportioned palate with attractive grapefruit, mandarin, crystalline lemon flavours, fine supple sweet textures and underlying toasty oak. Finishes chalky and sweet with persistent fresh acidity. Pretty classic. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 97 points

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A rich style for Coutet. Bright golden yellow colour. Initially quite closed, opening up well, white blossoms, lilies, wisteria, ripe apricots and Mirabelle, on the palate opulent sweetness, elegant acidity, great aromatic length. 95

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Barsac, Sauternes

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château Coutet 2016  ( Château Coutet )

Pale colour. Fragrant honey, lemon glacé aromas with hints of marzipan and herbs. Generously proportioned palate with attractive grapefruit, mandarin, crystalline lemon flavours, fine supple sweet textures and underlying toasty oak. Finishes chalky and sweet with persistent fresh acidity. Pretty classic. Tasted at the Union des Grand Crus. 97 points

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Coutet 2016  ( Château Coutet )

A rich style for Coutet. Bright golden yellow colour. Initially quite closed, opening up well, white blossoms, lilies, wisteria, ripe apricots and Mirabelle, on the palate opulent sweetness, elegant acidity, great aromatic length. 95

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