Château Coutet à Barsac
is one of the oldest estates in this famous area of France and is regarded as producing one of the region’s finest wines. Classified as Premier Cru
(First Growth) in 1855 the estate covers 95 acres of vines immediately surrounding the Château near the village of Barsac. The vineyards are planted 75% Sémillon
, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle with an average age of 35 years. Château Coutet
benefits from an exceptional terroir. 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's word for knife, to signify the fresh, lively and crisp palate that is the estate's signature style. In its youth, the property's wines display generous notes of white flowers, citrus fruits, honey and vanilla. Time brings out deeper, warmer notes in which spices combine with exotic nectars and candied fruits. 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.
"This has a lovely intensity and richness on the nose, and a ripe array of honey and honeysuckle to provide light and interest. Rounded, but fresh and deliciously broad, but with gentle flavours of a floral nature like those on the nose, with oranges, blossom and botrytis. A nice vein of acidity and a lovely finish and length. Overall very stylish and certainly of very high quality. And I suspect it will get better and better." 18+ Points, The Wine Doctor, November 2007
"Highly aromatic but youthfully subdued aromas of peach blossom, fresh pineapple, minerals and spicy oak; offers lovely lift and purity. Smooth, thick and spicy, with lively acidity giving it a light touch. Fruit salad flavors complicated by notes of spice, vanilla and grilled nuts. Finishes suave and long. A very elegantly styled wine with the structure to evolve slowly." 90+ Points, International Wine Cellar