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Château Coutet Premier Grand Cru Classé 2002

Château Coutet, a Classified First Growth, is a flagship sweet wine of the Barsac appellation. Excellent weather conditions, with an exceptional amount of sunshine in October, allowed the Botrytis cinerea to develop evenly and the crop was harvested without difficulty. However, few clusters were affected by the Noble Rot in their entirety. As a result, the 75 pickers had to make seven successive passes in order to select the finest fruit. The blend is Sémillon (79%), Sauvignon Blanc (20%) and Muscadelle (1%), fermented in 100% new oak and then aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. A lovely gold colour enhanced by coppery glints, the wine’s nose, ample and very open, shows complex notes of blended honey, beeswax, crystallised quince and small dried fruits. On the palate, the wine is round and generous, with a good balance between concentration and freshness, with a few notes of honey and rock sugar, mixed with spices and vanilla. On the finish, one finds an agreeable, saline minerality, bringing forth freshness, and a lengthy trail of very ripe exotic fruits.

Re-Tasted July 30, 2014: Nice golden colour. Nose displaying honey and dried apricot aromas. An intense first attack on the palate, then a crisp note. Finish on apricots with a slight bitterness (citrus peel).


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Château Coutet
Dessert Wine
Primary Grape(s):
Sauvignon Blanc , Sémillon
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