2003 Barsac 1er Cru Classe
The wine displays a beautiful old gold hue. The nose exudes a very developed array of aromas: lemon zest, candied pineapple, quince paste, vanilla and honey all the while offering very neat mineral notes. The concentration is very appealing to the palate, revealing great botrytization. The 2003 Chateau Coutet reveals fleshy (almost voluptuous), distinguished, and strong texture on the mid palate. Retro-olfaction bring pleasant notes of honey, vanilla, gingerbread, dry fruits, as well as sharpness from citrus and candied pineapple flavours adding a little bit of freshness. The finish is tasty and balanced: rich and imposing offering with great quality.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Ex-chateau bottle tasted blind in Sauternes. This bottle of Coutet '03 was showing slight reduction on the geranium-scented nose, although it seems to sort that out and offer lanolin and melted wax aromas with time. The palate is viscous and quite spicy on the entry û dried honey, marjoram, white pepper and quince, whilst the finish offers an attractive oxidative note. Coutet's limestone soils mean it thrives on acidity and race, but in 2003 I think the heat of the summer just knocked this great Barsac sideways. Drink now-2018. Tasted April 2013.
|Grape varieties||Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc/Muscadelle|
|Classification||Classified First Growth|
|Sweetness||The sweet whites|
- R. Gabriel : 17
- Sweetness : The sweet whites
- J. Robinson : 16,5
- Vineyard : Graves
- Wine Spectator : 95
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc/Muscadelle