Chateau Coutet 2009 En Primeur Sauternes
Chateau Coutet- First Growth Barsac
Bill Blatch: You have here all the steely, mineral flavours for which this château is famous, expressing themselves against a rich background of the vintage’s lushness but retaining its classic almost Alsatian kind of bright fruit. At 146 g/l of residual, it is close to the average for the First Growths and very similar to the vibrant 2007. However it has been fermented out just a bit more than the 07, and at 14°2, this touch of extra alcohol makes it seem even more vibrant. This will certainly become one of the great classic Coutets, the explosion of fruit making it beautiful young but, in spite of the quite low acidity, built to last, similar to but more exuberant than the ’89, and fuller and more expressive than the ’01. After my last tasting at the château, we did a vertical going back to the 40s and the ’09 seems to be right up there with them.
Decanter – 18 Points: Large and rich with the intense and complete character of the vintage, super quality in the finish, perhaps broader than subtle, great future.
Jancis Robinson – 16 Points: Rather simple, floral, barley-sugar aromas. Sweet? Certainly. Interesting? A bit more debatable. Hot finish. Drink 2016-2023
Wine Advocate – 96-98 Points: The Coutet 2009 is a sensational effort from Philippe Baly and his team. It has a fragrant nose of honey, vervain tea, pineapple, frangipane and apple-blossom, well defined if needing a little more vigour at the moment. The palate is vibrant on the entry, informed by touches of apricot and orange peel, very focused and tensile towards the long, sensuous, viscous finish. It has the same minerality exuded by Doisy-Daene and reminds me of a stellar ’62 tasted just a few weeks previously. A magnificent Coutet.
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