Wine Journal – No Rationing Allowed: 1950 & 1952

24 janvier 2012

1952 Château Coutet 95

Tasted at the Ledbury 1950/1952 dinner. This 1952 Sauternes, not a feted vintage, far exceeded my expectations. It has a lucid golden hue. The nose is very intense with potent aromas of treacle, orange essence, Seville orange marmalade and a slight adhesive note you often find on mature Barsac. This is a nose that does not hold back, undiminished by the passing years. The palate is very harmonious and mellifluous, with what feels like a high level of botrytis. The mouth lights up with marmalade, quince and orange rind flavours that lead to a quite decadent, unctuous, almost Aszu-like finish that is more reminiscent of a 1947 Barsac. Outstanding. Tasted July 2011.

Neal Martin