Chateau Coutet- First Growth Barsac
RELEASED 24th May 2011 – £528/case bottles or £544/case half bottles
Bill Blatch: Outside of l’Extravagant, this is the sweetest wine of the vintage, so it continues the extremely concentrated trend of the 09. How does all this tie up with the elegant, fresh flavours for which this château is known? I was a bit sceptical at first, as for the 09, but the bright floral white peach and new-oak aromas are coming through much faster than they did last year, and giving the wine an earlier “lift” in the richness, providing the beginnings of a great dense balance and suggesting a slightly fresher drink when young and perhaps a bit less ageability.
Decanter: 19/20 – Perfect balance, lots of class, super-refined texture, great length, great wine: purity and power! Drink 2020-2040.
Wine Spectator: 93-96/100 – Really ripe and fleshy, offering delicious glazed peach, apricot and honey notes, with lots of orange blossom and fig and a very rich finish. Starting to take shape now too. Impressive.
Jancis Robinson: 18/20 – Drink 2022-2040. Smudgy and interesting, already, on the nose. Lots of richness and smoothness. Really. This approaches the idea of a classic vintage with its density and concentration. Long. Very fine. Residual Sugar 156 g/l, Total Acidity 3.7 g/l, Alcohol 14%.
Neal Martin: 93-95/100 – The 2010 Chateau Coutet has 154-gms/litre residual sugar, one of the highest in Sauternes/Barsac. It is endowed with a delightful bouquet of freshly sliced mango, Tropicana and a touch of honey, with good definition and minerality. The palate is medium-bodied with very impressive balance and poise, and is slightly viscous in the mouth, with almond, lemon curd and a touch of orange peel. The finish is composed and long. The 2010 Coutet is very impressive for the vintage, although I suggest not quite reaching the stellar heights of the magnificent 2009.
Asian Palate: 94-95/100 – The 2010 Coutet exhibits wonderful aromatics of dried mangoes, dried apricots and marmalade, and a great concentration of botrytis flavours. Rich, dense but with firm acidity and great length, this is an impressive effort from a producer not usually known for reaching such heights. This fantastic Sauternes shows a wonderful balance between sweet layered flavours and firm acidity, has a long lingering finish and is built to age for decades. This is one for your cellar.
Wine Enthusiast: 93-95/100 – Powerfully rich wine, very concentrated, rich, with a great balance between acidity and honey and apricot flavors. Finely rich.
Panos Kakaviatos: 91-94/100 – Iodine, rich yet tonic. Minty freshness very agreeable.
Tim Atkin: 93/100
Jeremy Williams: 94-96/100 – Pale gold with hint of green; full bodied nose; powerful; botrytis and honey; palate fresh and strong with good acid; feels really fresh. Wonderful.
Rene Gabriel: 18/20
Matthew Jukes: 18/20
Jean-Marc Quarin: 15.75/20
Chris Kissack: 17.5-18.5/20 – A remarkable residual sugar of 169 g/l. There is lifted, rather minerally fruit on the nose here, honeyed, dense and yet chalky altogether. Great substance, very pure, polished, with a floral edge to the relaxed fruit character. A lovely grainy substance to the texture of the wine with a tight grip, surely denoting a wealth of botrytis substance here, with superb citrus tones over the top and vibrant acidity. Very dense and not short of length and character at all. This is a superb Coutet, one that is undoubtedly set for the long haul.