Peter Maude Fine Wines

2019, Château Coutet, BARSAC, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Grand Vin de Sauternes


The 2019 Coutet has quite a flamboyant, Germanic bouquet with petrol-infused botrytized fruit, though it lacks a bit of complexity and nuance. The palate is well-balanced with orange zest, marmalade and quince on the entry. Moderate depth, and quite linear towards the finish. It doesn't quite deliver the panache of the best wines of 2019 and there has been better Coutet's in recent years, but there is potential here. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting. 93 Neal Martin, Vinous.

The 2019 Coutet is an attractive Barsac. Orange marmalade, burnt sugar and spice infuse the 2019 with notable depth to fill out its ample, richly textured frame. There's plenty of character, but I don't find this especially finessed. 90 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

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