2014 Barsac Premier Cru Classé from Bordeaux
In 2014, the Indian summer offered exceptional conditions which helped Chateau Coutet to create a unique wine. The 2014 Premier Cru Classé Chateau Coutet once again confirms its reputation of an airy, precise, sharp and nervous dessert wine. In 2014, this Barsac subtlely combined aromatic freshness (due to passerillage), density and gustatory depth (noble rot effect). This wine gives off unexpected litchi, fresh mango and citrus (grapefruit) notes, followed by acacia flower and candied lemon hints. The latter is enhanced by an acid accent which gives a complementary freshness. The mineral hint of the attack guarantees the legendary tension of the wine. This Barsac offers concentration, and liqueur purity (vibrant botrytis) sensation, straightforwardness and length. The superb finish is dynamic and persistent. This distinguished wine shows great potential!
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The Château Coutet 2014 is a blend of 75% Sémillon, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle and delivers...cue the drumroll...a whopping 162 grams per liter of residual sugar, the highest level of any Sauternes that I have data for. As you would expect, the total acidity is slightly, but not dramatically lower than its peers at 3.9 grams per liter (compared to say, 4.3 grams per liter at Doisy-Daëne.) This Coutet '14 has a complex bouquet with razor-sharp, minerally, citrus fruit mixed with wild honey and a touch of Riesling-like petrol. The palate is totally convincing. There is a great thrust of rich botrytized fruit sliced through with Coutet's trademark acidity, despite the spoonfuls of sugar, that lends this such vibrancy and tension. It possesses and almost clinical precision with long persistence on the finish. This is a divine Coutet that may warrant a higher score subject to how it evolves in barrel.