Chateau Coutet Sauternes Barsac 2009

96 Wine Advocate/ 96 James Suckling / 96 Decanter / 95 Wine Spectator

96 Wine Advocate "Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 Coutet leaps from the glass with warm apple pie, dried mango, fresh straw, lemongrass, ginger and crème caramel notes. The rich, concentrated, unctuous flavors are lifted by amazing freshness, finishing epically long, layered and with a tantalizing nuttiness."

Looking for something to fill a little niche in your cellar? How about a beautifully crafted sweet wine with over a decade of bottle age, perfectly stored at the in France and newly arrived in the US in pristine condition that you can drink now or for the next decade and a half?

We have the answer with today’s offer of the spectacular 2009 Château Coutet 2009 Barsac. Rocking top scores from all of the press (96 Wine Advocate, 96 James Suckling, and 96 Decanter) this wine delivers classic Sauternes richness. Complexity and lush incredible aromas and flavors. Equally at home with a Roquefort or other top notch blue cheese, with a savory pan seared foie gras, or the classic pairing with Crème Brûlée or dozens of other desserts, you can’t do much better than this!

96, Wine Advocate – “Pale to medium gold colored, the 2009 Coutet leaps from the glass with warm apple pie, dried mango, fresh straw, lemongrass, ginger and crème caramel notes. The rich, concentrated, unctuous flavors are lifted by amazing freshness, finishing epically long, layered and with a tantalizing nuttiness.”

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate – “….There is certainly tremendous weight in the mouth and abundant botrytis, especially upon the unctuous finish. This has great potential – a fantastic wine from one of the finest Barsac estates.”

$49.99

Description

Country: France

Region: Bordeaux, Sauternais

Variety: Sémillon 75%, Sauvignon Blanc 23%, Muscadelle 2%

Terroir: gravelly, sandy clay soil;

Winemaking: fermentation in barrels; each batch is sorted after fermentation; aged 18 months in oak barrels

Château Rieussec was acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in 1984. The estate then comprised 110 ha including 68 ha of vines. To better express the potential of Château Rieussec, rigorous measures were put in place with, among other things, more meticulous sorting of grains and fermentation in barrels which allows a much finer selection during the assembly of the great wine.

From the year 2000, the renovation of the aging cellars, the construction of a fermentation cellar and the technological development of the reception and pressing room also make an additional contribution to the permanent quality effort carried out since 1985. .

The first selection efforts were rewarded with the remarkable triad of vintages 1988, 1989 and 1990. But then from 1995 to 2005, a decade of very fine wines crowned these efforts. Time will have no hold on the remarkable 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005, among others! The Château Rieussec 2001 was also distinguished by the magazine Wine Spectator as -Wine of the Year- of the year 2004. -Chateau Rieussec

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