The Wine Doctor – Bordeaux 2018 Sauternes & Barsac
25 April 2019
Château Coutet 2018 : 93-95/100
A blend of 75% Semillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle, the vineyard gave just 3.5 hl/ha in this vintage. The alcohol is 13%. It has a remarkable hue compared to its peers, a deep golden hue. The nose reflects this rich colour, with sweet golden apricot and peach fruits, an aromatic profile which translates onto the palate as a rich, heady combination of apricot, peach, praline and bright minerals. A very impressive composition, with a bright acid core keeping it fresh as well. Textural, with orange fruits, mango and peach, wrapped up in an imposing, sinewy and substantial character, but with lovely energy too. This is very good indeed. Tasted three times. The élevage will be in 50% new oak and 50% second-fill oak.