2001 Chateau Coutet, Sauternes (750ml)

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# FRCOUT01AE
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Sauternes
Grape Varietal: Semillon
Review Score: 93WA, 93WS

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I tasted two bottles of the Coutet 2001. The first had a distinct, rather pungent aniseed element on the nose and a slight bitterness on the palate. Calling for a second example, this is much more representative. Here is a typical Coutet nose that is just beginning to find its groove: barley sugar and quince scents typifying Barsac, augmented by Seville orange and lime. The palate is viscous and extremely well focused with fine mineralité and tension. It feels quite youthful and linear vis-à-vis its peers and concludes with a tangy, marmalade-lavished finish. This is ageing nicely though at the same time, I would suggest that the Baly family have surpassed this with subsequent vintages.

93 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 215 - Oct 2014)

Lots of lemon and maple syrup on the nose, with dried apricots. Full-bodied, with a very sweet and rich palate of candied lemon and orange rinds and a long finish. Not quite as exciting as from barrel, but clearly outstanding. Best after 2009.

93 points, Wine Spectator (Jun 2004)