Chateau Coutet (stained label) 2001 Front Label
Chateau Coutet (stained label) 2001 Front Label

Chateau Coutet (stained label) 2001

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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The wine is of a beautiful coppery gold color with amber glints. The nose is very expressive and opens on a bouquet of aromatic notes where one can find dry apricots, vanilla, and mango. Once aerated, the wine brings forth fresher notes of citrus fruits and preserved lemon. The wine on the palate is generous yet very fresh for the vintage, with a well-developed back bone, marked with cherry plum liqueur and preserved nectarine. The middle palate evolves toward more complex notes of white pepper and saffron with a touch of cinnamon, while keeping a pleasant, fruity freshness. This vintage is rich and full, both aromatic and well balanced... it shines through with thanks to its strong character and freshness.

Blend: 90% Sémillon, 9% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Muscadelle

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I tasted two bottles of the Coutet 2001. The first had a distinct, rather pungent aniseed element on the nose and a slight bitterness on the palate. Calling for a second example, this is much more representative. Here is a typical Coutet nose that is just beginning to find its groove: barley sugar and quince scents typifying Barsac, augmented by Seville orange and lime. The palate is viscous and extremely well focused with fine mineralité and tension. It feels quite youthful and linear vis-à-vis its peers and concludes with a tangy, marmalade-lavished finish. This is ageing nicely though at the same time, I would suggest that the Baly family have surpassed this with subsequent vintages.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Lots of lemon and maple syrup on the nose, with dried apricots. Full-bodied, with a very sweet and rich palate of candied lemon and orange rinds and a long finish. Beautifully sticky. Not quite as exciting as from barrel but clearly outstanding.
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Chateau Coutet, France
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An English fortress built in the 13th Century, this citadel with its square tower, a design typical of the era’s military constructions, became a wine producing estate in 1643. Previously owned by the Lur-Saluces family, the property was home to Chateau d’Yquem’s horse stables, transformed in the late 19th Century into a 110-meter long cellar (the longest in the appellation). A second round tower in the property’s northern plot, a Chateau Coutet landmark, was built originally to breed pigeons and peacocks for the region’s Gascon lords. Vertical wine presses from the 1920s, a 14th Century chapel and a Bordeaux cobblestone courtyard are a testament to the estate’s rich architectural and regional history.

Thomas Jefferson celebrated Chateau Coutet as the best Sauternes from Barsac during his ambassadorship to France. In 1855, recognized for its continued excellence, the estate was classified as a first growth. Today, Chateau Coutet stays true to its tradition of distinction and quality by producing the finest Barsac year after year. With an average age of 35 years, the vines of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle have developed a network of deep roots to extract elements from the limestone and clay-based terroir, 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 taht is the estate's signature style.

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