Château Coutet Sauternes Barsac (Premier Grand Cru Classé) 2015
Thomas Jefferson celebrated Chateau Coutet as the best Sauternes from Barsac during his ambassadorship to France. In 1855, recognized for its continued excellence, the estate was classified as a first growth. Today, Chateau Coutet stays true to its tradition of distinction and quality by producing the finest Barsac year after year. With an average age of 35 years, the vines of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle have developed a network of deep roots to extract elements from the limestone and clay-based terroir, giving the grapes freshness, richness, and strength. For this reason, the wine carries the name "Coutet" derived from the Gascon's word for knife, to signify the fresh, lively, and crisp palate that is the estate's signature style.
Characterized by dried tropical fruit, candied apricot, citrus, and honey, the sweet wines of Barsac are always balanced by a bright beam of acidity. While technically also part of the Sauternes region, Barsac’s sandy and limestone soils produce a lighter version in comparison.
The 2015 Coutet is pale lemon-colored with intense grapefruit, lemon pie, and pineapple notes with touches of crushed rocks, honeycomb, and lime zest plus a waft of orange blossoms. Rich, opulent, and layered with loads of tropical and citrus notes, it has wonderful freshness, finishing long.