Château Coutet Premier Cru Classé Barsac AOC

First built as a fortress, Château Coutet still bears the stamp of its medieval origins.
The history of Château Coutet as a winemaking estate starts in 1643, when Charles Le Guérin, known as Lord of Coutet, made it one of the first vineyards in the Sauternes appellation. The estate remained in the hands of his descendants until 1788, time when Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States of America, serving as ambassador in France, acknowledged Château Coutet as “the best Sauternes in Barsac.”
Following a number of informal rankings, the 1855 classification ordered by Napoleon III was issued for the Universal Exposition. It officially recognised Château Coutet as one of the Classified First Growths of the Sauternes and Barsac appellations, alongside the finest wines from the Médoc and Graves regions.
Henry-Louis Guy, an industrialist from Lyon, acquired Château Coutet in the 1920 and managed the estate until 1977, when Marcel Baly and two of his sons, Philippe and Dominique, became the new owners of Château Coutet in 1977. Originally from Alsace, the family subsequently expanded overseas, especially in the United States. With zeal and determination, they set about the task of renewing the vineyard and the winery buildings. In 1994, the two brothers concluded an agreement with Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA. The winemaking team is now advised by the technical staff from Château Mouton Rothschild.

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VARIETALS
75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Muscadelle

VINTAGE
2008

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Description

TECHNICAL DATA
Alcohol 14%

APPEARANCE
A colour of coppery gold with golden glints.

NOSE
The nose opens up with ripe, exotic fruits (mango, pineapple) and lemony zests mixed with a few notes of vanilla.

PALATE
On the palate, after a dulcet attack, one discovers a pleasant ‘salty’ minerality giving freshness to various exotic fruits, such as candied plums and crystallized quince.
This savory richness carries on with a beautiful, long finish, marrying minerality with candied fruits, along with a tangy touch.

AGEING
18 months in 100% French oak barrels.

PAIRING
Classic pairing includes crème brûlée and panna cotta, custard tarts or other simple patisserie.
For savoury choices you can go for cheese, scallops and grilled lobster.

READINESS FOR DRINKING
Ready to drink now, it will be excellent until 2035.

RATINGS

92pts 

15.5pts 

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