2011 Coutet, Sauternes (375ml)

SKU #1231614 97 points Wine Spectator

 *Highly Recommended* White peach, pineapple, white ginger, orange zest and green fig notes are clear and racy, while green almond, brioche, pear and yellow apple details wait in reserve. Offers stunning range and polish, showing terrific energy and cut on the finish. This just makes you feel special when you drink it. An estate that has been rising steadily for a while now.  (3/2014)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 Well balanced, this gorgeous ripe wine is packed full of fresh yellow fruits, ripe oranges and lemon. The fruit counterpoints the generous, dense structure, offering the dry core of botrytis. Acidity gives a line of freshness at the end.  (5/2015)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright golden yellow. Ripe tropical fruit, peach, marzipan and honey on the captivating nose, complicated by ample botrytis of crystalline purity. Big, dense and suave on the palate, with rich, ripe peach and apricot flavors lifted by a bright floral note. Finishes very long and creamy, with hints of earth and herbs. With 6 g/l total acidity and 155 g/l residual sugar, this marvelously balanced wine magically combines power and refinement. Another great Coutet in the making.  (7/2014)

93 points James Suckling

 This sweet white is quite oily, with dried-pineapple and mango character. It’s full-bodied, very sweet and juicy on finish. Thick and rich. Drink now or hold.  (2/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The 2011 Château Coutet has a distinctive but attractive bouquet: clear honey, rosewater, peach and just a touch of barley sugar that pins it down to Barsac. The palate is medium-bodied and viscous in texture. There is more harmony here than the nose, nicely understated with quince and barley sugar, dovetailing into an elegant finish. I would prefer just a touch more weight and persistence but otherwise this is a fine Sauternes even if it does not quite meet my expectations from barrel, primarily since it is just missing Coutet's usual razor-sharp acidity that imparts such electricity into its finest vintages. Nevertheless, this will provide much pleasure over the next two or three decades. (NM)  (2/2015)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2015 | Send Email
Lovely balance and a super long finish.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2015 | Send Email
Bright and lemony, very concentrated, intense and crisp, with laser beam focus and lots of acidity. One for the cellar.

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Varietal:

Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Sauternes