The Wine Independant – 2023 Sauternes: Tropical Paradise

27 May 2024

Château Coutet 2023: 93-95/100
A blend of 95% Semillon, 4% Sauvignon Blanc, and 1% Muscadelle, the 2023 Coutet has 165g/l of residual sugar and a pH of 3.66. It is pale lemon-straw in color and scoots out of the glass with eager-to-please notes of lemon meringue pie, fresh nectarines, and key lime pie, leading to touches of powdered ginger, coriander seed, and acacia honey, with a waft of wild fungi. The palate is chock-full of vivacious citrus and stone fruit flavors, with a lively backbone and a long steely finish.

Lisa Perrotti Brown