1997 Chateau Coutet, Sauternes (1.5L)

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Sauternes
Grape Varietal: Semillon
Review Score: 92V, 90WA, 90WS
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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Complex, classy aromas of nectarine, apricot, smoke and roasted grain. Very rich and concentrated; full and sweet for Barsac but carrying no excess weight. Lovely pliant texture. Finishes very long, spicy and fresh. A very elegant wine with an impressively long, spicy aftertaste.

92 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Jul 2000)

A classic example of elegance allied to richness and intensity, Coutet's 1997 exhibits an expressive, floral, citrusy, honeyed nose, with notes of orange, Chinese black tea, pineapple, and spicy oak. It is all finesse, with honey, medium to full body, gorgeous delineation, and refreshing underlying acidity. It should drink well young. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.

90 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue # 128 - Apr 2000)

Pretty and fresh, with lemon, honey, meringue and pineapple character. Medium-bodied and medium sweet, with a long, fresh finish. Best after 2001.

90 points, Wine Spectator (Jan 2000)