Wine and other stories – Bordeaux wine – part 2: general appellations and the Left Bank

17 March 2019

The best sweet white wines of the area (and possibly of the entire planet) come from the banks of the Garonne river and its tributaries.These places have misty mornings and dry warm afternoons, offering the ideal conditions for noble rot to develop. This fungus, also known with the less poetic name of botrytis, is the […]

Robert Parker – France, Bordeaux: 2009 Ten-Years-On Retrospective. How Soon is Now?

14 March 2019

Château Coutet 2009 : 96/100 – (Primeurs : 96-98/100) Commentaire de dégustation : Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 Coutet leaps from the glass with warm apple pie, dried mango, fresh straw, lemongrass, ginger and crème caramel notes. The rich, concentrated, unctuous flavors are lifted by amazing freshness, finishing epically long, layered and with […]

La Revue du vin de France – Bordeaux, millésime 2016 : Laissez-les vieillir, ils entreront dans la légende

27 February 2019

Château Coutet 2016 : 18,5/20 Un nez somptueux entre l’abricot confit et une touche de viennoiserie. Une liqueur abondante lui donne un milieu de bouche plein. Il allie avec élégance finesse, puissance et profondeur.   Roberto Pétronio, Pierre Citerne, Olivier Poels

Wine Spectator – Bordeaux 2016 in-bottle scores released

8 February 2019

Château Coutet 2016 : 93/100 – (Primeurs : 92-95/100) Unctuous in feel, with marzipan, candied orange peel and praline notes leading the way for a juicy display of mango, peach and papaya flavors. The rich finish has a nice toasty hint. Best from 2023 through 2038. 5,333 cases made. Opalie de Château Coutet 2016 : […]

Jancis – Southwild 2015s – the whites

5 February 2019

Château Coutet 2015 : 17/20 Tasted blind. Floral botrytis notes plus richness and glorius sweet satin texture. Rather burnt-sugary but lovely finish. Not too sweet – Very clean finish. Jancis Robinson – 2016 Bordeaux: A vintage for today’s Bordeaux wine lovers

4 February 2019

Château Coutet 2016: 95/100 The vibrant tropical fruit-coulis character draws you into this concentrated and elegant Barsac. The the crisp acidity ans a wave of lemon and miberal character comes through, driving the finish out in the direction of the horizon. Drink or hold. James Suckling

D Magazine – What To Drink Now: Sweet Wines

30 January 2019

Sticky and sweet, Sauternes reigns as the formidable dessert wine. Crafted from botrytised grapes, or noble rot, in the heart of the Bordeaux region. The process leaves ripe grapes to rest on the vine well past their natural harvest date, allowing a slight mold or noble rot to form on the grapes, concentrating the fruit, […]

Gault & Millau – Sauternes 2015

15 January 2019

Château Coutet 2015 : 18/20 Nez encaustique, un peu pommadé, ananas rôti et abricot à l’aération. Bouche bien en place, sur la rectitude, la tension avec une belle fraicheur et une complexité aromatique magnifique. Très Barsac dans sa construction de bouche.

Vinous – Coutet Cuvée Madame

7 January 2019

An unexpected message pops up on my Smartphone. It is from Aline Baly, daughter of co-proprietor Dominique Baly, enquiring whether I can meet for an impromptu tasting of eight vintages of Coutet’s Cuvée Madame. The odds are slim. I am flying back to Blighty at some ungodly hour the following morning and I am midway […]