Posts Tagged ‘Chateau Coutet’

2010 Sauternes Harvest – Chateau Coutet Reports

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I’m still in Florida but the good news from Sauternes is that the harvest is now well under way in good conditions. Aline Baly at Chateau Coutet just sent us some photos and this bang-up-to-date report on the harvest progression:

Friday morning was our first tries in the parcels of Chateau Coutet. The morning was very fruitful, with ripen grapes beautifully concentrated (in terms of sugar but also aromas) by the botrytis cinerea. The afternoon rounds clearly communicated to us that we were in need of some humidity — the grapes are gold but still waiting for the fungus to take hold. The weekend weather did not deliver the forecasted rain — we had to wait until Monday. Tuesday morning I was greeted by the sun, a perfect counterpart to the previous day’s humidity. Today is Wednesday and we are again lucky to enjoy the sun and warmer temperatures. The team of 70 pickers are out combing the parcels for the precious Noble Rot.



Chateau Coutet is situated right in the middle of Barsac, producing stunning 1er Grand Cru Classe Sauternes.

Wine Spectator gives 2009 Sauternes an enthusiastic welcome!

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

James Suckling has published his tasting notes and scores for the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac wines at www.winespectator.com   Broadly we agree that this is a fantastic vintage and special congratulations to Chateau d’Yquem (97-100), Coutet, Guiraud, l’Extravagant de Doisy Daene (95-98), de Myrat, Suduiraut (94-97) and Clos Haut-Peyraguey (93-96).

Why not compare them to my notes and to our videos on these wines – just use the name and email sign up boxes and the tag cloud (both in the right hand column of the blog) to locate vidoe reports on the wines you are interested in!  Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes – Second Growths (2 of 2)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Now it is the turn of Doisy-Vedrines, Filhot, Lamothe, Lamothe-Guignard and Nairac to show off in front of the flip cam.


Next up are the First Growths! At this stage I can definitely say that there is more to the 2009 Sauternes and Barsac wines than the 2007s, certainly in terms of sweetness, up front fruit flavours and overall consistency. The 2007s are great wines that may be a little shy at this stage having just been bottled, something that definitely can’t be said of the big and bold 2009s. Bill Blatch

2007 Sauternes tasting – First Growth Chateaux (1 of 2)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Third video from the mammoth 2007 and 2009 Sauternes and Barsac tasting at Chateau de Fargues. This covers the first six out of thirteen 2007 First Growth wines including the highly rated Chateau Climens.


Other Chateaux in this flight of wines are Coutet, de Fargues, de Rayne-Vigneau, Guiraud and Lafaurie-Peyraguey. Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes in the cellar – Château Coutet

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Taking time to talk with owners and winemakers is the only real way to find out about their wines – to learn about their successes, their problems and the philosophy behind their wines. Here is another example from Barsac where I talk with Philippe and Aline Baly of Château Coutet, the winemaker for the 2009, Bernard Constantin, and his young successor, Laurier Girardot, who will be in charge when the wine is bottled.

2009 Sauternes Trade Tasting – a glimpse behind the scenes

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

A rare glimpse behind the scenes at the first 2009 Bordeaux trade tasting including the fabulous Sauternes and Barsac wines. All the courtiers and négociants gather to get their first impressions of the vintage and what might be good wines for them to buy and sell on to the world wine trade.

2009 Sauternes and Barsac wines featured include Château Coutet, Château Filhot, Château Guiraud, Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Château Lamothe-Guignard, Château Rieussec, Château Suduiraut and Château La Tour-Blanche. Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes Report – February 2010

Friday, February 26th, 2010

A day in Barsac checking up on the 2009 Sauternes vintage and we visited a range of properties from unclassified wines to first and second growths to get an across-the-board view.

Took in Château Climens, Château Coutet, Château Doisy-Vedrines, Château La Clotte-Cazalis and Château Liot.  We loved visiting the tiny Domaine de l’Alliance which has a wonderful story behind it and is producing some great wines from vineyards in Fargue. We’ll tell you more about them another time.

Finished the day at my favourite restaurant in Langon, Claude Darroze with a bottle of Château Nairac 1976… which went surprisingly well with the wild boar. Watch the video to discover how the vintage is shaping up, then leave us a comment or question below.